Tomorrow is the Hindu festival of Rakshabandhan (translated as ‘the bond of protection’). On this day, the sister ties a rakhi (a holy thread) around the wrist of her brother whilst praying for his prosperity, longevity and success in life. In return, the brother offers a gift to his sister (I love this part) and makes a promise to protect and take care of her as she feeds him sweets.In our childhood we all use to wait for this festival. This year, I am not with my brother or my sister to make this special day more special 😦 But I dedicate this post to my dear brother and lovely sister at least they can enjoy this visual treat from me. I decided to make Rakhi cookies and post this in advance so that you can make and serve this instead of sweets to your brothers.
Then comes the Rakhi – a band which you tie on your brother’s hand…And finally we give some sweet to the brother. Ok my son wanted to try this first 🙂For Sugar Cookies
As far as the recipe goes, you can make cookies from scratch or you can use mixes or get ready cookies to speed up the process. If you like to make cookies from scratch then here is the recipe.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 200gm butter, softened at room temperature
- 3 to 5 tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl, with a hand mixer, till smooth, creamy and fluffy. Add the milk and vanilla and beat until combined. Set aside.
In another bowl, sift flours, baking powder and salt together. Add this to the wet ingredients slowly and mix well by hand till combined. If the dough isn’t quite coming together, add a tsp or two of milk and knead. To make Crispy cookies don’t kneed too much. Make ball and rolled the dough out uniformly till just about 1/4″ thick. Cut out cookies and place them on ungreased cookie sheets. You can place them quite close to each other as the cookies will not spread out or puff up much.
Bake them at 350F for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of your cookies. When done the cookies must still be pale and just beginning to turn golden at the edges. Let them cool on the tray for about 5 minutes and then cool completely on a rack.
Decorating The Sugar Cookies:
- Buttercream Icing
- Decorator Bags, Couplers and Tips
- Red, Blue, Pink, Green or any other icing color
For Chawal (Rice)
- Slightly air dry white icing cream
- With the help of first finger and thumb make shape like rice.
- Air dry for 4-6 hours
- Make red color icing
- Air Dry fully.
- You will see powdered consistency. Add little bit of crystal sugar.
For Om and Fancy Rakhi
- Frosting with white icing or any color.
- Fit a decorator bag with tip and fill with icing.
- Pipe around the cookies and make any design or wirte om (symbol) directly on cookies.
Notes: To make the icing smooth, frost cookie and run an offset spatula under hot water to smooth
To color the frosting, I use the Wilton Icing Colors. They can be purchased at any craft store and yield much richer colors than standard liquid food coloring.
Make rakhi thread with moli (auspicious thread) or with any decorative ribbon.
To all the sweet brothers and sisters in the world 🙂 wishing you peace, prosperity and success on this Raksha bandhan
Enjoy…………. Happy Raksha Bandhan!!