Jeera/Cumin Cookies

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Makes 2 dozen

Delicious crispy, salty cumin/jeera cookies!! A lovely change from all the sweet cookies...these go oh-so-beautifully with Chai tea!

1/2 cup
unsalted butter
2 tbsp.
1 tsp.
1 tsp.
roughly crushed black pepper
egg, beaten then divided in half
1 1/2 cups
all purpose flour
2 tsp.
cumin seeds
1/2 tsp.
baking powder

Sieve flour and baking powder, then add to it 1 tsp. of the cumin seeds. Set aside.

Beat butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Add the remaining 1 tsp. of cumin seeds, black pepper and half of the beaten egg. Beat well to combine.

Add the flour into the butter mixture gradually and fold using a spoon at first then use your hands to gently mix into a smooth dough. Do not over-knead as this will make the cookies hard instead of crumbly. If the dough needs a bit more flour, add a tsp. at a time. But keep in mind that the dough will be chilled slightly before rolling so it will stiffen in the fridge, don't overdo the flour addition unless absolutely necessary. :)

Refrigerate the dough for about 20 mins wrapped in cling film.

When ready to use, pre-heat the oven at 180 C. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Roll out the dough into a circle, you can dust some flour lightly on the work surface or roll between two pieces of cling film. The thickness should be about quarter inch. Cut out rounds or whichever shape you prefer.

Place on the baking tray, then using a fork, pierce a few times on each cookie. Once all are done, brush the reserved half egg on the cookies and bake until golden, for about 12-15 minutes.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then store in an airtight container.

Enjoy! :)



Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

I've never tried omitting the egg, you can try substituting the half-egg added in the mixture with 1 tbsp. of thick plain yoghurt. Omit brushing the cookies with egg before baking, instead, brush them with either melted butter or milk to have a nice glaze and colour.

is there any supplement instead of the egg, have you tried to use anything in place of the egg, seems lovely reciepe

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, best to follow the recipe exactly, have not tried leaving out the cumin and b/pepper for this particular recipe so cannot say how they will taste.

hi,inshallah i try the recipe soon,but can i ommit cumin seeds and black pepper instead!!!!!if so what will the taste be,is it "tea rich"biscuits??????????????

Madiha Aamir's picture

m gonna try it today IA :-)

Asaalam fauzia . I wanted to make these cookies for a friend who is vegetarian (doesn't even eat egg). So is it necessary to add the egg or can I leave it out completely or can I substitute it with something else ? Plz let me know . Thank you .

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, have not tried making these without the egg, but you can try substituting the egg with 2 tbsp fresh yoghurt and add an extra pinch of baking powder, hopefully they will turn out great too. :)

Amna Mustafa's picture

Assalam o alikum. Actually i never tried baking cookies so will you please guide me what meant by unsalted butter. can i use regular butter available in market?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, yes you can.

aoa fauzia,
i tried making this but my dough is very crumbly and will not hold together.
can you tell me how to fix this? and this happened?

thanks :)

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Did you whip the butter well with the sugar until it got fluffy?

Asak Fouzia...i have tried these cookies and they turned out really yummy. My hubby loved it too....thnx for the recipe....savoury for a change was nice.
I have a small doubt...Can these cookies be made and stored in an airtight container?? if yes for how long can they be stored??

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Thank you! You can store them in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Hi without egg wash can i make this?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, yes that is fine.

Thanks Dear

Will the result be the same with all purpose flour , just for a healthy version .

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

This recipe actually uses all purpose flour. Did you mean whole-wheat? If so, have never tried that version.

aslm.alkm.can i use blueband instead of unsalted butter?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, you can but the taste is better with butter.

a.a. yah i tried with both but butter tasted better....thnx

Hi fauzia, i made these cookies today , everything was ok but the taste turned out to be very strong i dont know why?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi, not sure what you mean by the taste being strong. Can you explain?

Hi, i am trying to say that something was really overpowering the taste , i dont know if it was butter or something else.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

I see, maybe try replacing the brand of butter you used. The taste should not be overpowering at all.