Hello dear friends, am really very happy to post the recipe for HBC-Home Baker’s Challenge. My most excited time is arrived to post my cookies and see all HBC people’s cookies…J

Hope you all no need introduction for Home Baker’s Challenge… If any of you not aware it, no worries you can join here at any time…

Small Intro about HBC
Started the group
Priya Suresh akka – Priya’s Versatile Recipes
1st - April month Challenge & Host  
PizzaDivya PrakashDivya’s Culinary Journey
2nd – May month Challenge & Host  
Mango Marble CakeSangeethaSpicy Treats

Now we are in the third month, I am hosting the June month and the challenge for the month is COOKIES… Yeah!!! Cookies are most commonly baked until crisp or just long enough that they remain soft. Cookies are made in a wide variety of styles, using an array of ingredients including sugars, spices, chocolate, butter, peanut butter, nuts, fruits or dried fruits. The softness of the cookie may depend on how long it is baked. We choosed 4 different cookies namely,

  1. Strawberry Nutella Thumbprint Cookies
  2. Peanut Butter Cookies
  3. Pinwheel/Checker Board Cookies
  4. Short Bread Sandwich Cookies

The bakers can pick the cookies of their choice and bake.

And here am posting the strawberry cookies. I made 3 out of 4 cookies and I will post one by one in coming days.

Am great fan addict to strawberries at any form. I totally enjoyed the baking of these cookies and the tastes were awesome. I never tasted or tried the strawberry cookies before this… My family loved the cookies much but I love to try more time but strawberries are rarely available in my place so I can’tL. I highly recommend you to try these cookies to taste the pretty pink…

In the cookies, I added strawberry essence to get rich flavour. I baked half of the quantity in original recipe.  

Baked Goodies - Cookies
Preparation Time
5 Minutes
Baking Time
12-15 Minutes
12 - 1 Tbsp measurement

All-purpose flour – ¾ Cup
Baking powder – ¼ Tsp
Salt – A pinch
Unsalted butter – 2 Tbsp (Room Temperature)
Granulated white sugar – 3 ½ Tbsp
Vanilla essence – 1/2 Tsp
*Crushed fresh strawberry mix – 3 Tbsp
Nutella – for filling

*Crushed fresh strawberry mix – Crushing strawberries (I used big 3 berries) with 1 tsp of milk (if required)+2 drops of red food colour or strawberry essence) the quantity of strawberry mix will vary depending upon the consistency but it should not be runny or watery)


  •  Sift the flour, salt and baking powder together in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, cream the softened butter and sugar using a hand whisk or electric blender for about 4 minutes.
  • Add the vanilla essence and crushed strawberry to the bowl and combine well with the butter mixture using a whisk.
  • Fold in the flour mixture with the butter mixture gently to form dough. The dough will be soft and a little sticky but not loose. Do not over mix. You might need to oil your hands and bring the dough together. 
  • Once combined, cover the dough with plastic cling film and refrigerate for ½-1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F/175 C.
  • Line your cookie sheet with a parchment paper.
  • Take out the refrigerated dough, lightly oil your palms and make small balls with it. (You can use 1 Tbsp or ice cream scoop for even measurement). Put the balls on the cookies sheet and press down slightly to flatten out.

  • With the help of your thumb or back of a tea-spoon make a small hole in the middle of the cookies where you’ll fill the nutella after baking. 
  • If at this stage you feel that the butter in the cookies is melting, refrigerate again for about 15 minutes.
  • Bake the cookies in the oven for about 8-12 minutes or until the bottom starts turning brown. Do not bake them beyond 12 minutes. These will continue to cook after you take them out of the oven.
  • Take out the cookie sheet from the oven and using the teaspoon again press out the hole in the cookies. You will not able to do this after the cookies have cooled.
  •  Once cookies have cooled, fill in the nutella in the little holes in the cookies.
  • Ready to biteJ

  • You can replace the nutella with your choice of filling like melted Jam or melted Choc√≥ chips or with nuts. 
  • Do refrigerate the dough to work easily.
  • Every oven is different; the time of baking may vary from appliance to appliance. 


Thank you so much Priya akka and HBC team to give opportunity to host the Month!!!

I enjoyed baking… Happy Baking!!!


  1. summa pataiya kalapura viji :) one post after another.. samma speed le irrukae da nee inniku :) like those strawberry flavored cookies.. yum yum..

  2. Thanks VIji,love ur small intro about the group and ur cookies suggestions as well, am sure all the members would have enjoyed thoroughly baking and munching ur choice of cookies.

    Thumprint cookies looks scrumptious and extremely elegant Sis.

  3. Super delicious cookies, Viji. Looks stunning and awesome...
    Thanks for the recipe and thanks a lot for sharing it with us...

  4. Perfectly made.. Looks very inviting Viji :)

  5. scrumptious cookies and lovely clicks akka.super.thanks for the 4 yummy cookies.really enjoying baking now a days

  6. wow cute cute cookies
    just one thing
    strawberry season has got over so i wonder if i can replace it with jam or not
    and can i replace butter with ghee

    these look pretty pink

  7. Looks very yummy and tempting.

  8. Beautiful Intro to the group!! Lovely clicks and gorgeous cookies.....Thx so much for all the recipes & tips Viji; we had so much fun baking it and enjoyed munching them too! My post might be a bit late, as I'm busy right now with some joining formalities at my new workplace....hope it's ok??!!

  9. really really amazing stuff, no doubt about this :)

  10. so cute cookies viji...awesome color...

  11. Wow vk what lovely bright clicks :) cha I so miss baking da but oven vandha odanae will bake these cookies ok... Really one great challenge. I love the click of the half bit cookie :p makes me drool

  12. so cute cookies with loads of step wise pictures, love it Viji...

  13. Beautiful cookies Viji. I saw it in Tanvi's blog earlier.

  14. Thank you Viji for choosing these delicious cookies. I loved baking them.

  15. Thank you Viji for choosing these delicious cookies. I loved baking them.

  16. this was an wonderful challenge we loved it a lot viji :) you have made them so well and looks super yummy :)

  17. wow.perfectly made thumbprint cookies looks so delicious n tempting, lovely clicks yet to make these cookies, will bake it this weekend..

  18. Such cute cookies.. Loved it Viji... I'm sorry for the late posting but did post the recipe today.. Do check it whenever ur free..


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