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Sugar Jeera Cookies

Been experimenting with these Sugar Jeera Cookies and finally satisfied with the results. When I baked them the first time, I used smaller quantities. This time around, I increased them by a few grams and tweaked a few things around. The end results are very much like your simple tea-time cookies. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. You can indulge in sweet and digest it with all the cumin in them.

Ingredients:

  • 100 grams All purpose flour/maida

  • 80 grams Semolina

  • 30 grams Custard powder (vanilla flavour)

  • A pinch of Salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder

  • 60 grams granulated Sugar or caster

  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon powder

  • 1 tsp Jeera/ cumin (preferred but optional)

  • 6 tbsp Almond milk/ regular milk

  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla essence

  • 55 grams Coconut oil (Read the Tips)

To Sprinkle:

  • A pinch of Jeera, sugar and a pinch of salt.

TIPS:

Custard Powder: When you add more custard powder, the cookies is likely to get a peachy hue. If you prefer that colour, add about 38-40 grams of powder.

Whisking: All the ingredients should be stirred in with a metal whisk gradually. Towards the end, you will have to use your hands to knead and shape them.

Oven Temperature: This one is tricky. Based on your oven and measurements. Just bake them for 5 minutes in the centre rack with the Top and Bottom coils on. Right after, change the setting to just the lower/ bottom coil on. Dough: Shape, cut and cover the dough cookies in cling film and keep dough in the fridge for 10 minutes while the oven is pre-heating.

Oil: Go slow with the pouring of oil. The dough should not be dry. It should just have a slight shine to it and should leave an oily mark on your finger when you touch the raw dough. Best to pour it in small tbsp quantities.

Jeera/ Cumin: The 1tsp Jeera mentioned is preferred if you like the flavour of jeera biscuits. If not skip adding it and just sprinkle on top once shaped.


Method:

- Line the baking tray with parchment paper.

- Weigh and sift all the dry ingredients into a bowl and whisk well. Add the cumin (Read the Tips 👆🏽)

- Add the vanilla essence and almond milk and mix well.

- Add oil tbsp by tbsp (Read the Tips 👆🏽) just enough to bind the cookie dough.

- Now knead well, shape and place them on the prepared tray - Sprinkle with jeera/cumin, salt or sea salt and sugar and cover with cling film.

- Set aside in the fridge for 10 minutes.

- Simultaneously pre-heat your oven for 10 minutes.

- Take out the cling film and place the tray on the middle rack

- Bake at 180°C / 350°F for 20 minutes if small sized cookies and 30 minutes or more if big cookies.

- Happy Baking!

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