Uraro or arrowroot cookies are common giveaway treats in the Philippines. As the name suggests, these cookies are made from arrowroot flour which gives them their distinct delicate and powdery texture. This year, as part of my homemade presents, I baked a batch of these cookies and packaged them in pretty Christmas cookie tins I found at ALDI.
A cookie press is ideal to use for the arrowroot cookie dough. I pressed mine into Christmas tree shapes!
While these cookies are simple and easy to make and are very inexpensive, I know that the labour that goes with baking from scratch and packaging them beautifully, with the recipient in mind, is incomparable to any store-bought present. Don't you think so?
Perhaps you still have time to make them for someone this Christmas or if you don't, anytime is perfect anyway! Try it sometime.
ARROWROOT (Uraro) COOKIES (makes 100+ pieces)
3 1/3 cups arrowroot flour**
1 cup plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon maple flavouring
2 large eggs, room temperature
**if you cannot find arrowroot flour, cornstarch is an excellent substitute.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F).
In a large bowl, whisk together the arrowroot flour, plain flour, and baking powder.
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy then add in the maple flavouring.
Beat in the eggs one at a time.
Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stop mixing as soon as everything has come together cohesively.
Press cookie dough onto ungreased baking sheets. (If you don't have a cookie press, just roll the dough into one inch balls then press with a fork.)
Bake the cookies for about 15 minutes. Let them cool on the sheet for about 5 minutes, then carefully move them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Made without the use of a cookie press.
Keep in cookie tins or airtight containers. Yummy!