Like every year the ‘Cookie exchange’ sign went up on our office notice board. Like every year I started contemplating should I sign up or not. I counted the names already on, a total of twelve. One dozen. I needed to bake one hundred and forty four pieces of treats at least..
I hummed and hawed. Where was the time, my ‘to do’ list was long and growing longer at a rapid rate, the deadline was looming. The adventurer in me won in the end.
Next it was time to decide what were the treats going to be. Consultation from cookbooks and online sites resulted in a short list of items. As always my criteria were, fast and easy to make, won’t break the bank and should not be guilt laden…
Sesame seeds brittle was my choice. Easy to prepare, few ingredients, stores well, gluten free, is said to keep the body warm in cold days.
Try this out friends, you won’t be disappointed.
Have a great holiday season.
Made 30-35 pieces about 11/2 cms long.
Sesame seeds 1 cup
Sugar 1 cup
Vanilla extract 1/4 tsp
Ghee 2 Tbsp
Grease a chopping board, rolling pin and a pizza cutter.
Put the sesame seeds in a heavy bottomed pan and dry roast them over medium heat, till they become very slightly brown and you get a nutty aroma, about 6 minutes. Collect them in a bowl.
In the same pan add the ghee, as soon as it melts add the sugar. Keep the heat on medium and make sure you keep stirring. Let the sugar melt about 10 minutes. The colour will now have changed. Put the gas off.
Add the roasted sesame seeds and vanilla. Work fast and mix well. Transfer this to the greased surface. Use the rolling pin and extend it to an approximately rectangular shape. Use the Pizza cutter to mark the cuts, either into rectangular or diamond shape. Wait until this cools down, about 5 minutes. break them in pieces.
Store them in an airtight container. It stays well for a month.
The sugar syrup is very hot. Handle with extreme care.
Put the gas off as soon as the sugar melts, any further and the sugar will burn making the brittles bitter.
I love the images here…so beautiful. I love chikki, am sure your friends at work enjoyed it, I wish I was working with you 🙂
Yes they did Simi. Thanks for stopping by. Plan a small trip north of the border, we will have a blast..
I loved mine !!! And my husband loved them more !!! Best cookie exchange I have ever signed up for and thanks for sharing your recipe it will be one of my family favourites for years to come
I am so glad you liked it Diane! I had lot of fun making them, the cookie exchange was such a great idea. Thank you for stopping by..
Ratna, I absolutely love the diamond shape of these cookies. I’m sure your colleagues and friends devoured them and where asking for more. Great choice, presentation and styling. Happy New Year! Wishing you and yours the very best in 2016! 🙂
Thanks Elizabeth. Yes, they were a big hit. Wish you a fantastic new year. Stay tuned, I want to share my Spanish holiday soon..
Oh wow these look really great, and I just love your styling in this post. Gorgeous
Thank you Ev. Wish you a wonderful new year….
I am so glad that the adventurer in you won because these are too great, not to share! How lucky are the people who will get to taste them. Not to mention, how sensational they look!
I was glad too that I decided to join. The 12 doz that I received are not helping my ‘Eat healthy” plan. Oh well,Tis the season….
You have a great holiday Sonali.