Ramadhan is tiptoeing to the second day today. Before we know, Ied Mubarak will be in front of us already, as close as our own nose, for sure. Cookies, cookies, cookies. Lebaran without cookies is just as impossible as cheesecake without the cheese. I’m not talking about unnecessary tradition that sometimes drives us crazy every year, but a jar of nice humble Lebaran cookies is just perfect to nibble while hanging out with the whole family after Ied prayer, you know, before all the guests arrive and the hectic begins. Or in the afternoon when you come back from the relatives’ house, tired –yet relieved it’s gotten over with, looking for something comforting. Something sweet and simple. And pretty.
Well, just the other day I had this urge to play with dough and piping bag, which I’m sure was one thing in common you and I always have. There were a half bag of black glutinous rice flour in my cupboard, a half bag of sago flour, and I was on my way to the melt-in-your-mouth, sweet, simple, comforting cookies that boast its exotic black color with such pride. “Yes, I’m black. And I’m proud of it.” You should be, ‘coz you’re dazzlingly gorgeous!
Ketan Hitam Cookies
(adapted from NCC’s Sagu Keju )
150 gr sago flour
200 gr black glutinous rice flour
100 gr margarine
50 gr butter
150 gr powdered sugar
1 egg yolk
65 ml thick coconut milk
- Preheat the oven at 140 degree celcius. Lightly butter your cookie sheet.
- Beat margarine and butter until soft and fluffy. Beat in sugar, beat well. Beat in egg yolk, beat well.
- Mix together sago and black glutinous rice flour. Fold in this flour mixture to the butter dough, blend well.
- Add the coconut milk, blend well.
- With a piping bag and a big star tip, pipe the dough onto buttered cookie sheet. Garnish with walnut or almond, or whatever to your fancy. After all, it’s your cookies.
- Bake for about 25 minutes. Let them cool on the cookie sheet on the rack.
- The sago flour gives melt-in-your-mouth effect in cookies. If you don’t have sago flour, tapioca or arrowroot flour will do the same effect.
- Do not take them out of the cookie sheet right away, they easily crumble when hot, just like we do when our head is on fire. Let it cool, and the cookie will firm up. Afterward, you can safely transfer them into a nice jar, ready for Lebaran.