Here is our third part of "Favorite Chocolate Cookie Recipes from Around the World" series.
Part 3 - "Favorite Chocolate Cookie Recipes" from India and China...
WORLD CHOCOLATE COOKIE RECIPE - India
Here is an Indian chocolate cookie just for fun! It is a sweet cookie recipe with peanut butter and a hint of aromatic coconut.
Makes: 1 to 2 dozen
2 1/2 cups quick oats
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tbs vanilla essence
2 cups sugar
4 tbs cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1 stick butter
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1. Mix the oats, peanut butter, vanilla and coconut. You should get a crumbly texture.
2. Heat sugar, cocoa, butter and milk in a pot over moderate heat. Bring to boil for exactly 1 minute.
3. Pour over oat mixture and stir swiftly.
4. While the cookie mixture is still warm, drop on to waxed paper by the teaspoonfuls.
5. Allow to cool before serving.
Store in airtight container and refrigerate.
WORLD CHOCOLATE COOKIE RECIPE - China
Ok, so the fortune cookies aren't actually from China, but actually originate in the USA. Its roots are from the Chinese New Year and traditional Moon Festival treat, "moon cakes", which were used to conceal messages in the 13th and 14th centuries in China. Thus, a tradition began, where wishes and messages became a popular form of expressing good fortune.
The fortune cookie came about in the US with Chinese railway workers of the great American railways from Nevada to California. These Chinese workers had invented the fortune cookies that we know today, to exchange with each other in replacement of the traditional Chinese moon cakes in celebrating the annual Moon Festival.
Some debate the fortune cookies true origins and whether they were invented by a Chinese or possibilities by a Japanese. But we all agree that today, they make great smiles and fond memories for all.
Makes: about 2 dozen
2/3 cup sugar
4 tbs oil
6 tbs water
3 tbs cocoa powder
1/2 cup cornstarch
24 note slips about 1/4 inch wide by 2 1/2 inches long
1. Write your wishes or messages onto the notes slips. You may wish to write extra slips in case you have leftover batter for more fortune cookies.
2. Preheat oven to 340 degrees F.
3. Mix the water, cornstarch and cocoa together.
4. Beat the eggs and sugar well till it thickens.
5. Mix the oil to the mixture. Add cornstarch mixture with the egg mixture and stir until smooth textured.
6. For each fortune cookie, spoon one tablespoon of batter onto baking sheet and spread with the back of the spoon to a 4 inch large circle. Bake for about 2 minutes, or until bottom side is golden brown.
7. Use a flat metal spatula, gently lift the baked cookie from the edge and flip to bake other side till golden brown.
8. Working swiftly, but carefully, lift the baked cookie from the baking sheet to workbench. Place your fortune note slip in the middle, fold the cookie in half without creasing it.
9. Make the fortune cookie shape by placing the folded edge across the rim of a cup. Pull the ends down towards each other.
10. Place fortune cookie in cupcake tin to hold its shape while it cools down.
Work with maximum two to three cookies at one time as the cookies cook and stiff quickly. Wear cotton gloves for handling hot cookies so you can work faster.
Store in airtight container.
In our "Favorite Chocolate Cookie Recipes from Around the World" series we have recipes from Italy, Vienna, Mexico, United States, Germany and France.
Be sure to look out for all four series.
These recipes make great party favors, theme gifts or treats.