May 9, 2010

Chocolate Sesame Cookies

The heat,the humidity,the holidays are playing havoc with my senses now.Oh ! how I love the Russian summers now.In Moscow I used to crave for Indian food ,the weather ,the people and suddenly here I am missing the colourful and pleasant  moscow summers.After nine months of bone breaking winters the russians love the bright and lovely summer and enjoy the beautiful sunny weather to the fullest.There is a buzz of activity everywhere, people everywhere....sunbathing, cycling, rollerskating, boating, just chilling out with some russian Kvass (a russian drink made from rye bread)and soaking in the summer sunshine.I used to feel energised and lively during the summers there,here in goa the humid and hot weather makes us feel dehydrated with a lethargic feeling all day long.
But then with the holidays starting Mishti plans a tea party every second day for her friends,thank god she atleast has the courtesy to ask me before inviting them,otherwise I would have gone bonkers by now.Thanks to Mishti my baking books are out from the closet now.Last week I baked some nice ,chewy chocolate cookies with sesame seeds sprinkled on it and it was a hit with the children.The recipe is adapted from Nita Mehta's Bakes and Cakes.
You Need

Plain Flour  -60 gm
Cocoa          -30 gm
Butter (softened)-75 gm
Powdered Sugar -60 gm
Vanilla extract    -1tsp
Sesame seeds(white til)-2tsp

  1. Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy.
  2. Add Vanilla extract and beat again.
  3. Sift flour and cocoa together.
  4. Add flour to butter and mix gently to form a soft dough.
  5. Form into balls,flatten them and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 deg C for 13- 15 mins( my oven took 20 mins)on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
P.S- If the dough feels too soft to form balls,keep it in the fridge but do not add any extra flour.

I am sending these cookies as my entry for Bangalore Bakers' this week's Bake-Off event.
These are some pics of our Moscow stay clicked by us during the summers.

The onset of autumn, end of summers,Monorail with the Ostankino Tv tower
A church near the Ostankino lake near our Apartment

Flowers in full bloom,kuzminki
Roadside landscaping with flowers,opposite kievski vakzal


  1. Cookies look delectable ,nice pics of moscow too.

  2. Cute and elegant cookies, awesome and beautiful clicks of Moscow, very pleasant to eyes..

  3. THe pictures are very nice.We never get to see photos from Russia. the cookies must be delicious.

  4. Hi, Thanks for visiting me and leaving a comment. I see that you like to bake. You can send your baked entries to my weekly bake-off. Check it out if you are interested. Cookies look awesome.

  5. Delicious looking cookies there!!

  6. lovely cookies... Russia in summer looks so good!

  7. The cookies look so yummy and the photos of Russia are simply awesome!!!!

  8. Beautiful pics! Cookies looks great ):

  9. thanx alot
    @priya moscow is gr8 in summer
    @srimathi the cookies are very tasty, try them :)
    @ bangalore baker ,hey thanx am surely going to send them,

  10. @ Apu..they are delicious,children wil love it
    @somoo russia is a beautiful country,we enjoyed our stay a lot
    @ sukanya and Rachna thanx alot

  11. Delicious cookies!! Choc and sesame combo sounds great!!

  12. the cookies looks so perfect and delicious...nice pics//clicks of moscow...thanks for sharing..

    first time here...u have a lovely space...just started blogging..and love to add u in my list..
    ur comments/suggestions r highly appreciated..happy blogging...following u>>>>>>


  13. Hi Saswati, this is a lovely post with chocolate and sesame combo in cookies. Also, want to let u know that I tried out ur Janhi Aloo Posto(Ridge gourd and potatoes cooked with Poppy seed paste). It came out fantastic and all loved it. Thanks!

  14. Thanks for the entry. Look for it on this week's roundup on friday.

  15. Cookies looks delicious n perfect dear,, all moscow summer pics are beautiful.



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