When the Blogging Marathon #114 was declared with the theme of “Cookies”, I had to include this one into the list. Those who read my blog regularly will understand how much I love food with memories. And there aren’t much of food with memories for me, since umma’s cooking repertoire was limited, but I guess that is what makes memories… Limited yet plenty… 🙂 Umma used to have a small OTG. She had got it at a very low price – I am sure you all agree how our parents were when it came to putting in their money on anything. They realized the value of money so much because it came hard for them. Sometimes, I do feel that we don’t appreciate it as much as they did. OK, that is a different discussion all together. Hehe…
My sister and I would bake something or the other in it every Thursday. Our weekends were Thursday and Friday then, and we would pull out some recipe, either from the cutouts we have collected or something our friends would have made, and try them. It there is something that got repeated a hundred times – no, I am not exaggerating – then it is these cocoa cookies. We had seen this recipe in one of the “Young Times” magazine and I had written it down in my book. That book was later typed and printed out, while I was at my first job, and I still have that bundle with me. Alas, the book didn’t survive. 🙁
The recipe by default were always these cocoa cookies if we didn’t have a spare recipe. It was no surprise – we all loved it so much. The recipe is apt for a single time serving, so it would get done with our cup of tea for that evening. It is so easy to make – minimal ingredients, minimal efforts, and quickly done. I baked these with the girls and as soon as they were out of the oven, they disappeared off the
- 125 gm butter, softened
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup flour
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp vanilla essence
- A pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line a baking tray and set aside.
- Beat butter and sugar till fluffy. Add the vanilla and beat.
- Sift in the flour and cocoa powder into the mixture, add the salt and fold in till all covered.
- Scoop out small balls and plop onto the baking tray. Flatten with a spoon or a fork on the top.
- Bake for around 10 minutes, just till set. Allow it to cool on the rack till hardened.