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Carrot Halwa Cheesecake Recipe Recipe

Carrot Halwa Cheesecake Recipe

06.01.10 by Jackie

I just received a huge package of Walkers shortbread cookies (thanks so much Iza), and before my little munchkin goes through the entire package (she's already had 24 individual packets!), I wanted to prepare a sweet treat with them. I also had leftover carrot (gajar) halwa from a batch I made over Memorial Day weekend, so it made sense to combine the two items. After much deliberation, I decided to make an Indian-inspired cheesecake using the shortbread rounds. I mixed the halwa with cream cheese and cardamom syrup, then softened it with whipped cream and used the mixture as the filling. For the crust, I crushed several shortbread cookies and mixed them with butter.

The Indian flavors weren't overpowering at all. In fact they were actually quite subtle, and paired perfectly with the buttery flavor and mild sweetness of the shortbread crust. The dessert was a big hit,and has inspired me to try using both Indian sweets and shortbread in creative ways. Stay tuned!


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Rose Cookies Recipe

Rose Cookies

12.19.09 by Jackie

I thought it would be nice to make a holiday cookie that captures the distinct flavor of rose. Rose, usually in the form of rose water, is often found in Indian and Middle Eastern desserts, but it's not commonly used in Western treats. For this dessert I used rose paste, because it adds a pleasing pink color to the cookies. I also added some rose to the cream filling as well.

I love making desserts like this for the holiday season because you can prepare several logs ahead of time and store them in the freezer for later use. That allows me to spend more time with visiting friends and family instead of being stuck in the kitchen.

In case anyone was wondering, I photographed the cookies with the reindeer because his expression reminded me of my little munchkin. The reindeer in the picture exactly mimics her expression when Lulu asks her his favorite question:

"How much do you love Lulu?" Lulu always asks.

"Thiiiiiiiiis much", our munchkin says and opens her arms, just as the reindeers does.


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Mandarin and Ginger Sandwich Cookies  Recipe

Using the same sugar cookie dough I used for the pinwheel cookies, today I made mandarin and ginger flavored sandwich cookies. The flavor is repeated in the cream as well, and to give the treats a holiday vibe I topped them with green, red and white Christmas sprinkle toppings.

I know it's the holiday season when the citrus trees in our garden start producing copious amounts of fruit. I took some Chinese mandarins from the garden to make these cookies. They were so incredibly fragrant and sweet that after eating all the segments, I couldn't throw away the zest. I think they were put to good (and delicious) use! 

Mandarin Cream Sandwich Cookies with Picture


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Cranberry Apple Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

After all the cranberry apple dishes I've made so far, I incorporated the same flavors and created pretty pinwheel cookies. The swirl is a lot easier to make than it seems. All you need is sugar cookie dough to roll around the filling. My choice for the filling was cranberry apple butter but you can use any other filling you like.

Don't get scared by the yield of this recipe! We're getting prepared for Christmas and make our logs of cookie dough in advance and store them in the freezer. They make great gifts, and the cookies are small and delicious, so they'll disappear very quickly.

Pinwheel Cookies


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Cranberry Bars with Chestnut Spread and Crushed Pecans Recipe

As Thanksgiving approaches, I've been giving more thought to new dessert recipes to go with the traditional pecan and pumpkin pies that we make each year. I recently had an absolutely delicious lemon bar, and it occurred to me that a modified cranberry sauce would be a good substitute for the lemon curd.

I used shortbread as the cookie layer. Shortbread is very easy to make, and the buttery and crumbly texture is a nice foil to the sweet and tart flavor of the cranberries. Once the shortbread had baked, I spread a thin layer of chestnut spread over it. The chestnut spread balances the tartness of the jellied cranberries.

To make the cranberry jelly, I added guava in place of the usual orange juice to give the jelly sweetness as well as a more complex flavor. (It also reminds me of our recent anniversary trip to Cancun). Guava is not really in keeping with the season, so if you prefer, apple juice would be fine, but I think the guava has more depth. The goal is to limit the sourness of the jelly because after all, we're making a dessert.

After applying a generous layer of the cranberry spread to the bars, I finished them with a sprinkling of chopped pecans.


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