Let this be a twin post of It Never Stops. Finally a poem I understood after reading it just once!
I don’t know why this cookie is called that. Probably because it looked like an ant’s nest? Or maybe it is sweet and ants like to make a nest there? Whatever it is, this is one of my favourite Eid goodies.
I used to make this every year in the 90s when I was young and free and could fit into jeans less than a size 30. Then work and family life took over and I stopped baking festive goodies for years. This year, my babies are a little bit older and more manageable. I’m going to start making them again. Festive goodies, I mean. Not kids!!!!! Yikes!
I made a batch of the tiny cookies, which yielded just shy of 100, a full jar just like this.
It is a simple cookie to make. It just takes a little bit of patience. After the dough is mixed, it is being grated on a microplane. Yup, the same one used for zesting lemons. Or, you can also pass the dough through a potato ricer if that makes your life easier. Then, patiently, teaspoon out the grated dough into the tiny petit four cups. And topped with chocolate sprinkles, which represent the ants on a nest.
My almost 5-year-old daughter, Qistina, was so grossed out by the name, she refused to eat it. I had to change the name to Chocolate Chips Mini Cups. Only then, she ate a few.
-hazrock, or hazlin or that crazy cook on WordPress, I’m still the same person