Sweet Treat 1: Thandai Thumbprint Cookies with Pear and Spice Jam Buttercream

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Tis the season for cookies, and baking, and warm spices and  the list goes on! I simply love this season, because it involves my most favorite thing to do – BAKING! All the decorations all over the Bay Area are up now, along with Christmas decorations. We recently saw the Tree lighting of the humongous Christmas Tree at Union Square over the Thanksgiving weekend, and it was absolutely beautiful! The whole place was buzzing with lights, holiday music and cheer, hot toddies, hot chocolate, gifts all around for people to shop, and people with their beautiful smiles and holiday spirit! There is a winter chill finally in the air, which is fantastic! I can finally wear my coats, scarves, sweaters and boots! 🙂

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I did 12 days of Christmas cookies and treats last year starting December 1st where I shared a new cookie or treat every day, on my blog! It was a lot of fun to see the responses, and anticipation of what cookie/treat will be posted next and it was well received by my Instagram family and on the blog and seeing all the recreations was a lot of fun! This year I am doing the 12 days of Christmas cookies and treats but with a twist! 🙂 My dear friend Rebecca from the famous Displaced Housewife blog, who is also the author of a beautiful, fun cookbook, called The Cookie Book, which released a year ago(The cookbook is super popular and is all about all sorts of cookies), and I, have been working on 12 Christmas cookies and treats for YOU! We will be posting 6 recipes each in the first 12 days of Christmas, for all your baking and gifting needs to your loved ones – be it friends or family or teachers or anyone! We have come up with a wonderful list of treats that we plan to share on our blogs, and we would love for you to try the recipes and include it as part of your cookie boxes to loved ones!

This is part of the 12 Days of Sweet Treats (#12DaysofSweetTreats) that I’m doing with Rebecca, see below for all of our holiday sweet treats so far…

12 Days of Sweet Treats (so far!) with the wonderful Rebecca!(@displacedhousewife/ www.displacedhousewife.com)

  1. Dulce De Leche Baci Kisses
  2. Thandai Thumbprint Cookies with Pear and Spice Jam Buttercream

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By the end of the second week of December, we will post a cookie box with all the wonderful cookies in it as inspiration, with tips/tricks on how to make your own wonderful cookie box to gift loved ones. You can make a small or a big cookie box, and make it your own and make it fun! Now who does not love cookie inspiration in the month of December?! So are you ready?! 🙂

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So I always love combining western ingredients with what I ate growing up! So my first treat is a cookie, that I am so in love with! It is a Thandai thumbprint cookie with a Pear and Spice Jam Buttercream filling, made elegant with silver sprinkles and edible gold touch on the buttercream! This cookie is elegant, pretty and with a special winter wonderland touch! The thumbprint cookie has a mix of the thandai powder. Now what is Thandai powder? It is a mixture of various nuts and spices, like almonds, pistachios, cashews, black peppercorns, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, star anise, fennel seeds, rose petals, poppy seeds. All this is combined to form something called thandai powder. It is called Thandai, because Thand means cooling in Hindi, so this powder is usually had in cold milk in the summer to cool off, but I love to use it in baking as it imparts a wonderful winter flavor with all the beautiful spices.

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The cookie ball is rolled in silver sprinkles to give it a crunch and elegant touch. I make the thumbprint with the end of a honey peddle so all the cookies are uniform. I make a mean Pear and Spice Jam, for which I am sharing the recipe on my blog! The jam is wonderfully spiced with cinnamon and star anise. This is one of my favg anoorite jams, and actually was being sold to Hatchery once upon a time, which was an online grocery store that is now sadly deceased. 🙁 Anyways, this jam is super flavorful and makes a fantastic buttercream. I use the jam to make a smooth buttercream that is pipped in the thumbprint of each cookie and then dabbed with a touch of edible gold! The cookie tastes so amazing and would be a perfect addition to any cookie box!

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Also, do not worry about the amount of thandai powder that you have made or the extra jam that you made, because they make wonderful gifts and I have a few recipes that use the thandai powder and the pear and spice jam that I will list out below for your needs! Trust me, you will love both of the extras and want to keep it for yourself! 🙂

Thandai based recipes and Pear and Spice Jam recipes like:

  1. Pear and Thandai Upside Down Olive Oil Cake
  2. Thandai Ice cream with Rose Syrup and Pistachio, Rose Petal, Cardamom Brittle
  3. Thandai White Hot Chocolate
  4. Thandai Shortbread Cookies dipped in White Chocolate with Pistachios and Rose Petals
  5. Mini Maple Sandwich Cookies with Pear and Spice Jam Buttercream

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I am a huge fan of Rebecca’s creations! Her Cookie Book is one of my favorite cookbooks and we have made quite a few recipes from her book! Rebecca made these adorable Dulce de Leche Baci Kisses, which I first saw in the Holiday Cookie Issue of the Bake from Scratch magazine, where are recipes are published! I saw this recipe and I immediately wanted to make them, so I will be making them this week and super excited to try them! You can find the link here for her recipe, on her blog!

 

So get your baking ON, and try these wonderful recipes that we plan on sharing with YOU ALL. Hope you all have a great week! We will be sharing another recipe on the 5th! So watch out for this space.

 

LOVE and TREATS!

XO

Amisha

 

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