151 – Cat Paws Recipe – Special Cookies for Eid
- 150 grams of all-purpose flour
- 150 grams of corn starch (Maizena)
- 70 grams of powdered sugar
- 110 grams (8 tablespoons) of softened butter
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- a pinch of salt
- 100 grams of dark chocolate
- Dulce de leche, strawberry jam, etc. (filling of your choice)
Making the dough:
1. Beat the softened butter until itbecomes creamy.
2. Add the powdered sugar andkeep mixing at medium speed until itis fully incorporated.
3. Add the vanilla extract. Keepmixing.
4. Add the egg, flour, corn starch,and salt. Keep mixing until you getsmooth buttery dough.
5. Roll the dough into a ball, coverit with a plastic wrap, and place it inthe fridge for 15 minutes.
Shaping and baking the cookies:
1. Preheat your oven to 360Fdegrees.
2. Remove the dough from thefridge so we can start shaping thecookies.
3. Take a little bit of dough androll it in your palms until you get aball, the size of a hazelnut.
4. Use your finger to flatten the ball.
5. Press two-thirds of the flattenball with a fork, to shape it and make it look like a cat’s paw.
6. Place the cookies in a bakingpan lined with parchment paper.
7. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes(depending on your oven). Donot over bake the cookies. They mustretain the whitish color.
Assembling the cookies:
1. Melt the chocolate in a bainmarie, where you place the chocolatein a bowl over a sauce pan containingboiling water. The water should continueto be heated on the stove onmedium heat until the chocolate iscompletely melted.
2. To assemble the cookies, take acookie, place some filling on thesmooth side, and then cover it withanother cookie. The edges with thefork ‘lines’ should be properly aligned.
3. Dip 1/3 of the assembled cookiein the melted chocolate and place it ina pan covered with parchment paper.The side that should be dipped is thesmooth side (not the one with thefork lines) so it looks like a blackpaw with nails coming out of it.
4. Place the cookies in the fridge for 1 hour until the chocolate is hardened.