Thursday, 16 July 2015

Wholewheat Butter Cookies !

Butter Cookies aka Butter Biscuits in India are all time favorite and very popular even in the nook and corners of the city as its available almost in all the tea shops. It is so light, buttery and crispy and melts in mouth and a perfect combo for tea / coffee. Though it is mostly made of maida in India I wanted to make it a little healthy and used wholewheat flour.
I saw the recipe from a fellow blogger and tweaked it with Wheat flour and little baking powder. They turned out pretty good and I am extra happy that my little one liked it. :)

  • 1 cup Wholewheat flour (heaped) (128 grams)
  • 1/2 cup softened  unsalted butter (113 grams)
  • 1/2 cup Confectioner's sugar (64 grams)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1/8th tsp salt
  • 1/4th tsp Baking Powder

  • In a bowl combine the softened butter and the sugar and beat it till creamy.
  • Add vanilla essence and mix well.
  • Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder and add to the butter and mix well to form a nice dough.
  • Roll the dough and cover with a cling film and refrigerate for minimum one hour and max overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 deg C, roll the dough flat (0.5 cm thick)with a rolling pin with the film cover (its easier) and then remove the cover, cut them out with a cookie cutter and arrange them on a baking tray lined with foil or parchment paper.
  • If you want to just cut them with knife without using a cookie cutter then do as shown in first pic.
  • Bake them for 18 - 20 minutes or until they start becoming golden brown.
  • You can remove them from oven by 18 minutes too or when they start browning at the sides, then your cookies will have a lighter color.
  • Cool them on a cooling rack until they turn crisp.

NOTES (Oops..lot of points :) )
  • You can just substitute Maida / APF / Plain Flour in place of Wheat flour.
  • If using salted butter, then skip the 1/8th tsp salt.
  • Try not to soften the butter in microwave as it gets melts quickly, we need only softened butter and not melted liquid butter.
  • If you do not want your cookies to be too buttery, reduce the butter quantity to 75 grams and add few tsp of milk when making dough.
  • You can make dough in a stand mixer, or beat the butter and sugar with an electric beater (like I did) or just use a bubble whisk.
  • If your dough is too sticky to handle or looks grainy, add a tbsp more flour and mix well to make a smooth dough.
  • In case the dough is too dry (may happen if you add more flour), then add few tsp milk and knead.
  • If you are using normal white sugar , then powder it well and measure 1/2 cup. Reduce sugar if you want your cookies to be mildly sweet.
  • In place of vanilla essence, you can also use cardamom powder , rose essence or nutmeg powder as per your preference.
  • I used a little baking powder as I am using wheat flour, If you are using Maida, then you can skip the baking powder too.
  • If you are not using a cookie cutter, then roll the dough into a log shape, cover in cling film and  refrigerate the dough for a little long (say 2 hours) so that it becomes stiff and easy to cut into circles with a knife.
  • In case of cookie cutter, you may have to roll the dough flat with a rolling pin and if its too stiff it becomes difficult. So I refrigerated for one hour and it was ok to roll them flat and cut them using cookie cutters.
  • When arranging on a baking tray, make sure you leave enough space (atleast 1 inch) between the cookies as they tend to expand when baking.
  • Always keep an eye after 18 minutes, as they turn golden to brown and then black very quick.
  • When you just take out of the oven, they will be soft, but dont panic and just let them cool on a cooling rack for 10 minutes and hey turn crisp. Pack them in an airtight container and you can keep for a week or so.

With Love,


  1. cookies turned out to be good.. very tasty infact..i also added 1.5 tsp of chocloate powder to it..

    1. Thanks for the feedback Shikha.. choco powder is a nice addition :)

  2. Thanks for healthy recipe... Will try and give u feedback

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  4. Hi pavithra. I tried this biscuits. The taste was awesome. But mine didn't turn brown evenly on all sides. The bottom was nice brown but the top was pale.
    Y is that? Can u guide me how to overcome this