Sunday, 12 November 2006

Weekend Baking Session # 26

After such a long gap, I am so glad that I could continue with our Weekend Baking Session. Besides the traditional delicacies, Malaysians and Singaporeans bake cookies for their respective festivals. Therefore, I would like to share a cookie, one of my favourite, which I baked for Deepavali. Despite not feeling well, I still fought with myself to bake them. Though I could not bring the Deepavali spirit that we experience back home, I wanted to create a different environment than any other day.

This is a slightly different kind of cookie. Icebox cookie also known as refrigerator cookie is a type of cookie that is made by forming the dough into a log or a rectangle or a cylindrical block and chilling until firm, for 12 or more hours. This stiffens the dough, making them easier to slice them into rounds or squares. After they have been sliced, the cookie dough is then baked in a moderate oven. When baked, icebox cookies are buttery and usually thin and crispy, showing off a bit of a chew inside, especially when just baked.

Icebox cookies are a great prepare-ahead-of-time dough because it can be refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for a month or so. Then, cookies can be cut and baked at any time, even if directly from the freezer.

We could use any dried fruits for this cookie. I have used a combo of dried cranberries, raisins, candied pineapples, dried apricot and glazed cherries in this cookie. I have also used desiccated coconut as a main ingredient to create a light and crispy texture.

Tutti-Frutti Cookies

What do we need:

1 cup plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup mixed dried fruits

How do we do it:

Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat again. Stir in flour mixture, coconut and mixed fruits. Mix until dough forms.

Divide the dough into 2 portions. Shape into rolls and wrap them in wax paper or cling film. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Slice the dough logs into thin slices with a serrated knife. Bake them at 175° C for 10 to 12 minutes or until pale golden.

Remove and let cool on wire rack.


Chandrika said...


Those cookies look so very delightful...A visual treat indeed!

Thanx, Chandrika. My pleasure.

Sumitha said...

Hey Pushpa its so glad to see you back! What happened? Is your health fine? Lots of love coming your way from me!Best Wishes!

Hi Sumi. I'm also very happy to be back in action. I was not feeling very well but I'm definately better now. Vielen Dank meine Schatz.

rp said...

Aha! Congrats on the vishesham! Please keep us posted.

Now you owe to serve us delicious food every week. :D

Thank u very much, rp. I too wanna eat delicious food after such a long time eating sick person's food. Would surely share them.

Priya said...

Hi Pushpa,
Great to see you back. Hope you are doing fine now :-). Thank you for getting back with such wonderful recipes. The colorful fruits look wonderful in the cookies, surely going to try them soon. You take care.

Many thanx u, Priya. Yeah, I'm better now. The cookies not just look wonderful but taste great too.

Krithika said...

I really cannot keep up with you Pushpa. List of things I need to try is increasing. Looks lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Thank u, Krithika. Itz my pleasure to share.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those cookies look delicious!

I'm happy to see that you are again posting after such a long silence! I have missed your interesting recipes. Thankfully, you are feeling better now...

Merci bien, Rosa. I'm too am very happy to be back.

Anonymous said...

hey pushpa,

Welcome back! Hope ur feeling better now. I'm glad ur back cos I missed reading ur posts. Lovely cookies! I have never had these kind of cookies. I have to try this soon.


Thank u, Anu. Yeah, I'm feeling better now. Do let me know of the outcome.

Lakshmiammal said...

Heh my baking fairy is back . Take care of your health my girl!

Thank u very much, dear.

Linda said...

Hi Pushpa! Cookies look delicious, but even more important, so happy to see you back and feeling better! :)

Many thanx, Linda.

beesidhu said...

Pushpa, glad to see you back ...was wondering what had happened hope u feel beeter ...wish u good health.

Hello Beesidhu,

Thank u so much.

Meeta said...

Well hello there! Nice to see you back Pushpa! Hope you are feeling better. By the looks of your baking it seems you are. These cookies look brilliant and wish I could share them with you to celebrate your comeback.

Thank u very much, Meeta dear.

Saffron said...

yay! you are back...with more goodies...
Cookies look wonderful! hope you are feeling better now.


Yay!! I'm back. Thanx, Saffron. Have always been wondering wat ur real name is. ;o)

Annita said...

Yummy yummy cookies..Pushpa..
And thanks for the update about Gingelly/Sesame oil..I've added that in my post..just check it out...

Thanx, Annita. Itz my pleasure to share wat I know.

Anh said...

Yummy cookies Pushpa! I am glad you have come back with more cooking ideas! :)

Thank u, dear.

Vcuisine said...

Cookies are my favourite. It looks great.


Welcome to the blog & thanx, Viji.

Foodie's Hope said...

Hey Pushpa! I didn't know you are back girl! I checked you for months and gave up:))I am glad you are back and see your wonderful cookies. I love it that they are so colorful and photos are beautiful.Thanks and have a great weekend:))

Yes, I am BACK after missing for nearly 3mths. Thank u very much & same to u, Asha.

Lera said...

Pushpa, nice to see you back with these wholesome & lovely cookies..:)

Thank u, Lera.

shilpa said...

Wow they look Amazing dear.
Whenevr I see any of your posts, I feel like making them immediately. But sometimes, I have to delay bcos of lack of some of the ingredients. Now I am going to add Tutti-frutti to my shopping list. Thank u sooo much.

Thanx to u too, Shilpa. Do let me know how u like it.

Sarah said...

pushpa help.. I need to send snacks for 40 nuts, no fruits. Help me.. All my cookies have nuts or fruits..any suggestion?

Chechi, I have already e-mailed a few recipes to u. Please come back to me if u have any questions.

Sandeepa said... sure bake a lot. And the cookies look sooo cute
The Rose steamed sponge cake are tooooo pretty.
i am a bekaar baker, but i really want to try your recipes, they all look soooooo pretty

Welcome to the blog & thank u very much, Sandeepa.

Gini said...

You are the official baking queen. Tutti fruiti and coconut in the same cooking. Must be really good!
I love the pink cupcakes!Welcome back.

Gosh!!!! I'm absolutely honoured. Thank u very much. Yes, this is one of my fav cookies coz itz so good.

Lakshmi said...

wow, so good. you know pushpa, whenever, i have to bake cake/cookies, first will come to your blog.

OMG!!! Another honour for me. Thank u very much, Lakshmi.

sra said...

Hi Pushpa! Lovely pix. Have been seeing your blog for a while now, thanks for stopping by mine.

Welcome to the blog & many thanx, sra.

Jaya said...

dear Pushpa,
my first time here,and I already hooked to these wonderful sweet recipes, thanks for sharing .

Hugs and smiles


Welcome to the blog, Mantu. Thank u very much to u.

nalini said...

They look so colorful that I want to grab them from my computer screen and eat them. Keep the great recipes coming,

Welcome to the blog & many thanx to u, Nalini. Ur name reminds me of my cousin.

Mallugirl said...

Ooh! when did u get back? Had given up hope if seeing more baking sessions. Nice to see u posting.

Thanx a lot, Shaheen.

Ashwini said...

I am glad you are feeling better Pushpa. Fire up the oven :-)

Thank u so much, Ashwini. Yeah, the oven's heated up.

beesidhu said...

Hope u r feeling lots better now have any recipe to make suji pudding ???which can be sliced into shapes like diamond or square ???thanks

Thank u Bee. R u talking bout the indian dessert, KESARI? If yes, u can get premixes in indian shops. BABA's brand is delicious.

Revathi said...

Hey Pushpaa Read thro the lines - Looks like veetla vishesham ?? take care girl -

Amam vishesham than. Rombe nandri, Revathi.

Pooja said...

hi pushpa,
nice recipe with tutti frutti. i just love tutti frutti since i was a child, and still love it. :)
pictures are so good, that i wish i could grab 2-3 cookies just now. can't wait to make it :D
Stay tuned

Thank u very much, Pooja.

flower said...


I'm glad that you are ok now. Take good care of yourself. Looking forward to many more cooking and baking from you.

Thanx for ur concern, flower.

USHA said...

Hi Pushpa,

This is first tiem leaving comment in your blog,but manytimes visited through your site,,,.

Manytimes i have wondered about your look such amazing.
Vishemanu kellvipattaen...take care ...

Anonymous said...

Hi Pushpa,

I tried these cookies. instead of rolling into a log and freezing, I simply dropped teaspoonfuls onto the cookie sheet. I also replaced the butter with equal quantity of canola oil. My dough was a bit dry, so added 2 tbsp of soy milk! Used whole wheat flour instead of regular AP flour. With all these crazy variations, the cookies were still great! Baked them on Saturday, there are only four left :)


Anupama said...

Your cookies look so yummy. Wish I could just pop one into my mouth right now.

Sri said...

Hi Pushpa, cookies looks decadent...i just dropped by to say that this thanksgiving i tried your tiramisu....Winner!!!! loved it thanks for sharing the recipe.

indosungod said...

Pushpa, cookie looks wonderful. you are silent, is vishesham giving you a little sickness? Take Care

the yUmMie dUmMieS said...

Hi! Glad to see you back in baking again. Hope tt you r feeling better already :)

Sumitha said...

Pushpa How are you my dear?

KrishnaArjuna said...

Good to see you back, great cookies too.

Sri said...

Hello Pushpa its been a long time you updated your post.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Meenal Mehta said...

hey pushpa ..

hope u are doing well..welcome back and have a happy holiday season :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats!Heard about the baby news... Take care!

Priya S&S said...

Hope you are feeling better now !

Wish you and your family a Happy and Prosperous New Year !

RP said...

Hey, how do you do? Just wanted to say I was thinking of you. :)
Take care and keep us posted whenever possible.

Anonymous said...

Congrats r u doing now. thinking of you..take care and wish you and family Happy New Year.

sailaja said...

Hope your feeling better now. Take care of yourself, Pushpa.

Happy New Year!!

indianadoc said...

May this New year bring all the richest blessings...good health, happiness and cheer!

Sumitha said...

Pushpa ein gutes neues jahr!

Priya S&S said...

Wishing peace, health, and happiness in 2007 and always. Happy New year to you and your family !

archana said...

Wish you a very happy New Year Pushpa !

indosungod said...

Wishing you a Very Happy New Year! Miss your posts.

Mandira said...

Puspha, Happy New Year to you and your family. Hope you are doing OK!

Tricia Lee-Chin said...

Hi Pusiva!

Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I am just learning to bake (my 2007 wish)... I am so happy to have found your blog (Thanks to Ching of Little Corner of Mine).


Krithika said...

Happy new year Pushpa

Sandeepa said...

Hey Pushpa
Just dropped by to see you are back. Hope you are fine
take care

Nidhi said...

Hey Pushpa, Your cookies look just perfect for anyone and for any occasion. Thanks a lot for sharing.


Spicelover said...

Hi Pushpa
I tried making your cookies. I refrigerated them for about a day. But when I tried to slice the dough it was not as firm and didnt slice well. I have put it in the freezer now. Any idea what would have been wrong?

Cherry Z said...

Hi! I came across your recipe on Little Corner of Mine and decided to try it out today. It was great! I did some modifications to's:
if you'd like to check it out.
Cheers, Cherry :)

Anonymous said...

Lovely cookies. Tried this yesterday and urned out to be a major hit that the cookie jar is empty now.Kids just freaked out on the cookies.
Chk here for chocolate chip cookies- an eternal favourite:

Pritya said...

Great picture Pushpa! The cookie recipe is delightful. Wonder if this can be made without eggs too? I really like your description of icebox cookies. Thank You.

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