Winter Baking: Sweet treats to warm up the kitchen – Hindustan Times


Winter is a magical time of the year, but it can also be a chilly and dreary season. One of the best ways to combat the cold weather is by warming up your home with the delicious aroma of homemade baked goods. Baking is a great activity to do on a cold winter day, it is a perfect way to spend some quality time with your loved ones, and it will also fill your home with the comforting aroma of sweet treats. From classic cookies to rich pies, there are so many delicious recipes to choose from when it comes to winter baking. Whether you’re an experienced baker or a beginner, there’s something for everyone. Here are some delicious winter desserts that you must try. (Also read: Healthy and delicious winter recipes for your kids )

1. Chocolate Cookies

(Recipe by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor)

Chocolate Cookies(Unsplash/Jennifer Pallian)


¾ cup dark chocolate chips

1¼ cups refined flour

½ cup butter

¾ cup castor sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

¼ cup cocoa powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

A pinch salt

¼ cup walnuts


1. Preheat oven at 180ºC. Line a baking tray with a parchment paper.

2. Cream butter and castor sugar in a bowl till soft and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla essence and whisk well.

3. Sieve togetherflour and cocoa powder in the butter-sugar mixture. Add baking soda and salt and fold well.

4. Roughly chop walnuts, add to theprepared mixture. Add chocolate chips and mix well to make a dough.

5. Divide the dough into equal portions, shape them into cookies and place on a lined baking tray.

6. Place the baking tray in preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.

7. Remove from heat and cool. Serve.

2. Choco almond muffin

(Recipe by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor)

Choco almond muffin recipe(istockphoto)


Cocoa powder 4 tbsp

Refined flour coarsely ground 2 tbsp

Almonds chopped 10-12

Eggs 4

Sugar 1 cup

Refined flour (maida) 3 tbsp

Butter melted 4 tbsp


1. Preheat oven to 180ºC. Break eggs into a bowl.

2. Add sugar and blend with a hand blender till frothy. Sieve refined flour and cocoa powder into a bowl. Add coarsely ground almonds and mix.

3. Add this flour mixture gradually to the eggs, mixing with the blender continuously. Add melted butter and mix.

4. Pour the batter into muffin moulds till half full. Sprinkle chopped almonds on top and bake in the preheated oven for twenty to twenty five minutes.

5. Serve hot.



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