Butter Cookies with Saffron and Pine Nuts!

Ingredients

  • butter cookies 3 1 Stick of Butter
  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 40 Grams of Honey
  • 50 Grams of Pine Nuts
  • 4 Grams of Saffron (one small packet)
  • Icing Sugar for Decoration (Optional)

Preheat the oven at 175 C.

This recipe is super easy to make, all you need is an electric beater/mixer!

Here’s what to do:

  • Make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature and to have toasted slightly the pine nuts in a small pan (only a minute or two, they don’t need much time).
  • Place the butter, egg yolk, honey and flour in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer until you get a homogenous mix.
  • Add the saffron and beat at low speed until incorporated.
  • Incorporate the Pine Nuts.
  • Divide the dough in half. Take one half of the dough and roll it into a long “log”, about 5 cm in diameter. Then, butter cookies 2with a clean knife, cut the cookies so that they are about 2 cm thick. Repeat with the other half of the dough.
  • Optional: Sprinkle more pine nuts in the top of each cookie!
  • Place all the cookies in a tray with baking paper and place in the oven for 15 minutes, until they are golden brown on top.
  • Sprinkle some icing sugar on top for decoration and serve while still warm for MAX Enjoyment!!

This recipe yields about 40 small cookies.

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

Palmier Biscuits

palmiersIngredients

  • 1 Sheet of Phyllo Dough 
  • ¼ Cup of Brown Sugar 
  • 1 tbs of Cinnamon (Optional)

Preheat the Oven to 200 Celsius/ about 400 Fahrenheit

In my hometown in Venezuela, there is this pastry shop/bakery that has been around my entire life, and since I was little, we always used to go buy the fresh Palmier Biscuits they made!

When I took my bf back home for the first time we went to that pastry shop/bakery and he tried the palmier biscuits they had and he also loved them!! Now, this is rare for my bf, he doesn’t really like sweets…so when he does find a sweet/dessert that he DOES like, I make sure I know how to make it for him!

The original recipe asks for regular white sugar, but I didn’t have any today so I used brown sugar. I was pleasantly surprised when the recipe called for ½ of white sugar and I only ended up using about half of that with Brown sugar! And added plus, my everyone liked them better like this!

This is the phyllo dough I used

This is the phyllo dough I used

So, here’s my version of Palmier Biscuits:

  • Let the phyllo dough warm up a bit, for about an hour or so before using. To be honest, I used the store-bought phyllo dough that I found at the nearest supermarket. I don’t know how to make my own YET, but I’m hoping Yaya (my bf’s grandmother) will teach me!
  • Mix the sugar and cinnamon together.
  • Spread half of the sugar mix on a clean surface ; Place the dough on top of palmiers - how to 3the sugar and stretch out the dough using a rolling pin. This will ensure that the sugar is stuck to the dough.
  • Add the other half of the sugar mix on Top of the dough and stretch again with the rolling pin. We want the dough to be about ½ to 1 cm thick (about ¼ inch).
  • Make sure that the dough is covered in sugar front and back.
  • To make the palmier biscuits MINI, I cut the dough down to the middle so that I get two long rectangles of dough. You can skip this step and just go directly to the next one if you prefer the actual size Palmier Biscuits.palmiers - how to 2
  • Then, for each rectangle of dough, and working from the short ends of the rectangle, roll up each end of the dough so that they meet in the middle.
  • Fold once again, placing the rolled sides of the dough on top of each other and pad with your fingers to secure.palmiers - how to 4
  • Make the cuts along your dough, about 1 cm thick, and place the dough in the prepared baking tray (covered in baking paper)
  • When placing the biscuits in the baking tray, place them “closed” just as you cut them, do not try to shape them like hearts, this will happen by itself. Make sure to leave enough space among them, they will double in size.palmiers - how to final
  • Cover the tray and place in the fridge for 20 – 30 mins (this step is optional).
  • Take out of fridge and place in the oven for 10 mins, flip them over and back to the oven for another 10 mins or until golden brown. When you take out the biscuits to flip over, you may notice some of them have “opened” and don’t really look like hearts; if this happens, use two forks to quickly re-shape them into the desired heart-shape.

palmier biscuits 2This recipe yields 40-50 Mini Palmier Biscuits or half regular size.

They are easy and quick to make, maybe just a little bit messy…but everyone LOVES these biscuits!! When I have made them at home, even though there are 50 biscuits, they never make it through the day!!! They are gone within hours!! LOL

Try making them, specially if it’s easy for you to find Phyllo Dough…I assure you will love them!!!

 

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palmier biscuitsxoxo,

Yoggi B. 

Oat’s Series 2: Healthy Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredientsoatmeal cookies 1

Cookie Dough: 

  • ½ Cup of Oats Flour
  • ½ Cup of Water
  • 2 – 4 Tbs of Sugar (Brown, Stevia, etc)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tbs of Peanut Butter (Natural, Melted, and this is Optional)

Toppings:

  • 1 tbs of Cacao Powder
  • 4 squares of Chocolate (dark, sugar free or whatever you prefer)
  • 2 tbs of Chocolate Chips for sprinkling

And

  • 1 tbs of Vanilla Extract
  • 4 tbs of Raisins 

Preheat the Oven at 175 Celsius

Another recipe for the Oats Series, Oatmeal cookies! They are easy and fast to make, and they are very versatile as far as flavors go! The “base” dough for your cookies is made with only a few ingredients and then you decide what type of cookie you want to make by choosing different toppings!!

Here’s how I make them:

  • Mix together the powders: Oat Flour*, sugar, and cacao powder (if using).
  • Add the eggs and mix together, I used a fork to do it.
  • Add the Peanut Butter, once it’s melted, and incorporate well. By this point you will have a thick mix.
  • Add the water and whisk it all together so that you get a creamier consistency. It shouldn’t be too watery, nor too thick.
  • Add the toppings you have chosen and mix. At this point, the mix should be solid enough to handle with a spoon and shape the cookies in your baking tray (previously covered a sheet of baking paper).
  • Bake in hot oven for 25 mins or until gold (if not making the chocolate version).

Makes 15 cookies aprox.

I ended up making two types: one using as toppings cacao powder, melted chocolate and chocolate sprinkles; and the other using vanilla extract and raisins.

Try making them any way you want, and Enjoy this healthy treat, the second recipe in the Oats Series!!!

xoxo,

Yoggi B.

* Other Toppings Ideas:

4 tbs of Chocolate Chips (dark, sugar free or whatever you prefer)

1 tbs of Cacao Powder (Optional)

Or

1 tbs of Vanilla Extract

2 Brown Sugar (to sprinkle)

2 tbs Cinnamon (to sprinkle)

4 tbs of chopped nuts (optional)

Or

Try Adding some smashed bananas or any other fruits!