Tri-Coloured Cookie Bars and Tri-Coloured SpicedRice (Tiranga Chawal).In case you are new to ice-box or refrigerator cookies, they’re butter-rich cookies where the dough is shaped (typically into a log) and refrigerated long enough for it to harden. This makes it easy to slice the cold dough and then bake it. The cold dough also prevents the cookie dough from spreading as it bakes. A great way to remember or commemorate any occasion is to celebrate it, and if you were like me and blogged food, then food has to be a part of the celebration. And if there was food featuring the three colours of the Indian flag (tiranga meaning three coloured) would be the ideal way to go. My previous tri-coloured celebratory fare has included
This year I decided to make Tri-Coloured Flag Cookies to celebrate Independence Day. There’s nothing particularly fancy about these cookies and you will find them everywhere in some form or the other. They’re just your average butter cookies of the ice-box/ refrigerator variety though most people will agree with me that there is nothing average about a good butter cookie!
The nice thing about shaping and refrigerating dough is that cookies can be made as a two-step process. This means that you can make the dough ahead of time, and baking the cookies takes very little time or effort. This makes them great when you have to bake in large quantities especially for occasions or festivities.
Since the dough is refrigerated, it also means you can slice off as many as you want and bake them on demand. There is also less work in terms of making the cookies (no rolling out, cutting shapes, rolling again, etc) and there are never any scraps so it’s not a messy affair either. It’s a win-win situation whichever way you look at it!
Ice-box or refrigerator cookies are usually a little crisp with a bit of a chewy centre though this depends entirely on how thin (or thick) you slice your dough. The dough can be refrigerated for 3 days after shaping into a log or be frozen for about a month and be baked straight away.
Here, I mixed up my butter cookie dough and divided it into 3 portions. One was left as it was, and the other portions were coloured orange and green for the colours of the Indian flag. I rolled out thick “ropes” of each colour, shaped them into rectangular logs and then stacked them on each other with frequent resting periods for the dough in the fridge. The rains are starting to become irregular out here which means my days are getting warmer hence the cold rests for the dough.
Tri-Coloured Flag Cookies
“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where knowledge is free; Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by domestic walls; Where words come out from the depth of truth; Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection; Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit; Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action-- Into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake.”