Jeera (cumin) Cookies with olive oil

Who doesn’t love to munch on cookies? With tea you need cookies, we munch while preparing lunch, kids love to find them in lunch box and cookies are also a wonderful gift option. Remember those round plastic jars of tiny hexagon shaped salt cookies with cumin/caraway(jeera/ajwain) flavors. I used to like those tiny cookies a lot. They were really good munching snack and are still available in a few shops. But in my house we have completely stopped buying cookies and so now I have to always bake them – either salty or sweet cookies.

Initially, I used to bake cookies with butter only, but now as my daughter Apoorva can’t have so much fat, I thought of adding oil with some quantity of butter. Surprisingly, with a combo of oil and butter cookies came out really well.

I have used both white and wheat flour and for some crunch added chiroti rava/suji (semolina). Chiroti rava has very tiny granules compared to regular rava. If you can’t find chiroti rava, use regular rava.

Instead of cumin, you can use any other spice of your choice. Try this recipe and I am sure you are going to love these cookies.

I have a few more posts on cookies in the blog. You can have a look at them too!!

Wheat flour cookies with Jaggery

Nankhatai (Cookies with clarified butter)

Eggless Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Eggless Wheat Flour Stained Glass Cookies

Kalkal/kulkul (Indian Christmas Cookies)

Wheat Flour Thumbprint Cookies with Salted Caramal Sauce

Before starting the process, check the following post on the basics of baking cookies. This post might be helpful in solving some of your problems with baking cookies.

Basics of baking – Cookies (Tips and tricks on how to bake cookies)

Ingredients :

Maida 1/2 cup
Wheat flour 1/2 cup
Chiroti rava 1 tbsp
Baking powder 1/2tsp
Powdered sugar 2 tbsp
Salt 1/2tsp
Cumin seeds 1 +1/4 tsp
Butter 30 gm
Olive oil 3 tbsp
Milk 5 tbsp

Process :

Collect wheat flour, white flour, rava and salt in a bowl and mix them together.

In another bowl take butter and cream it. Add oil and mix it nicely.

Add the rest of the dry ingredients from another bowl and mix. It will be a little crumbled mixture in the beginning. Keep adding milk, 1 tbsp milk at a time till it comes together as a dough.

Roll the dough between two sheets of parchment or butter paper and cut cookies in any desired shape with the help of  cookie cutter.

Spread parchment paper on baking plate and arrange cookies. Bake in a preheated oven at 175 degrees until cookies become light brown in colour.

 

Wheat flour cookies with Jaggery

I believe that the most common and easily available munching snack is cookies. But have you ever gone through the ingredients printed on the pack? Many people are not even aware of the details of some ingredients – whether they are safe to consume or not. Some cookies/biscuits are sold at such low price that I wonder if this company is able to get back its cost?

Around four years back when my husband’s doctor prohibited him from consuming market bought cookies/biscuits due to his digestion problems, I decided to bake cookies in my microwave which was being used only for heating food for the last 6-7 years. Initial attempts were not bad, and I improved slowly.

But till now I was baking with white flour (maida) only. Once I became confident, I tried with wheat flour. Our taste buds are so used to white flour that it is difficult to develop a liking for wheat flour based snacks.

But I was determined to use wheat flour for cookies, so with some failed experiments, I was finally successful to get best results in wheat flour based cookies!! My wheat flour cookies became so popular that they are now my best seller cookies. Parents buy them for their kids’ school snack box as they are done with ghee (clarified butter) or branded butter (Amul, Nandini, Nilgiri) and without any preservatives.

This success further encouraged me to eliminate white sugar in cookies and I started using jaggery. Personally also, I have a liking for jaggery based sweets, snacks and even tea – so I loved these cookies a lot.

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This recipe is not at all difficult to follow and it is done with just one cup flour. So, in my opinion you should definitely give it a try. With jaggery, cinnamon and nutmeg flavors compliment each other very well. But if you are not comfortable using cinnamon and nutmeg powder, simply avoid them and go ahead with the rest of the recipe.

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Here I have used jaggery powder which is easily available nowadays in shops and supermarkets. But this jaggery powder also has small granuals. I ground those granuals to make a fine powder. Now this fine jaggery powder was very easy to mix with butter.

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There are certain common doubts which people face during baking cookies. I have posted a separate post regarding those queries Basics of baking – Cookies (Tips and tricks on how to bake cookies)                          .

Ingredients :

Wheat flour 140 gm (1 cup)
Jaggery powder 85 gm (1/2 cup +2 tbsp)
Rava 22 gm (2 tbsp)
Baking soda 1/4 tsp
Baking powder 1 /4 tsp
Cinnamon powder 1/4 tsp
Nutmeg powder 1/8 tsp
Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp
Butter 50-55 gm (1/4 cup)
Milk,        if required

All ingredients should be on room temperature.

Process :

In a bowl take wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, rava, cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder and cardamom powder. Mix them well and keep the bowl separately.

In another bowl take butter and cream it with a spatula.

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Add jaggery powder in the butter and mix it nicely till it is creamy.

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Add rest of the dry ingredients and mix them nicely to prepare dough. If dough is little bit dry, add 1-2 tbsp of milk.

As jaggery based dough would be little bit sticky, apply some butter on your palms while preparing dough.

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Roll this dough in between two sheets of butter paper. Rolling between two sheets of butter paper gives smooth, crack free cookies and it’s easy to roll sticky dough.

Now keep this sheet of rolled dough in the fridge along with butter paper.

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In between, spread parchment paper on your baking tray and keep it ready. If you don’t have parchment paper, simply grease baking tray with oil/butter.

After 40-50 minutes rolled dough would be firm in the fridge. Take it out and with the help of cookie cutter cut the cookies in desired shapes. If you don’t have cookie cutter, use any sharp edged steel glass or bowl. Cold and firm rolled dough helps in getting neat cookies.

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Finish the rest of the dough in the same way and place them in your baking tray. Keep some gap between cookies.

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Bake them in a preheated oven at 170/175 degrees for 15-20 minutes or till the edges of the cookies start turning brown. If your cookies are too thin, reduce the time and temperature. Cookies will be very soft after baking time is over, so carefully shift them on cooling rack.

Remember that when we shifted cookies on the cooling rack they were very hot – so this heat might turn cookies into dark brown in colour. Cookies will become firm once they cool down completely.

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You are definitely going to love these healthy, flavoured beautifully with spices, jaggery based cookies and I bet you can’t stop yourself with just one cookie only…!!!

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