I have been pestering Manoj since a couple of months now to help me change my blog template. He finally found some time this weekend (hope you noticed the change?). In exchange he asked me to bake Nankhatai, his favourite cookies. I was more than happy, not only would my blog be ready but I now had an excuse to bake, yet again.
80gms fine sugar
150gms all-purpose flour
1/4tsp cardamom powder
1/4tsp nutmeg powder
cashew nuts, split in the middle
Cream butter. Add sugar gradually and beat till light and fluffy.
Add spices and beat. Add semolina and beat well.
Add the flour and mix gently to make a soft but firm dough.
Make small balls (this makes about 18), and place on an ungreased baking tray one inch apart.
Make a cross pattern on each with a knife and place a split cashew in the center.Press lightly but do not flatten the dough.
Bake at 350˚F/ 180˚C for about 12-15mins and then at 300˚F/150˚C for 10mins till done (the cookies may not be very firm but will turn crisp as they cool).