Jeera Biscuits / Cumin Flavored Cookies

Being a sweet tooth family,we love to have salty version of cookies a lot than the sugar cookies.When we were in NJ used to get these biscuits from the popular shop Hot breads.But after moving to PA miss those goodies a lot.But never forget to visit the shop when we are travelling to NJ.
Coming to this recipe I noted down roughly when I was watching this in a T.V show long time back and slightly altered it to our taste.In the original recipe,a tbs of custard powder is used and the amount of sugar given is around 6 tbs.Since I ran out of custard powder,didn't use it,the cookies were so crunchy and turned out good.This cookies stayed fresh even after two weeks,lets move on to the recipe................................................

                                                                     Jeera Biscuits/Cumin Flavored Cookies

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 15 minutes
   Resting time ~1-11/2 hours
   Cooking time ~ 20 minutes
   Makes ~ 24-26 cookies


All purpose flour/maida
11/2 cups
2 tbs
1/2 cup
Olive oil or any neutral oil
3 tbs
Baking powder
1 tsp 
Baking soda
1/8 tsp
Salt3/4 tsp
Sugar/sakkarai1/4 cup
Cumin seeds/jeergam1 tsp
Milk3-4 tbs or as needed

  • Mix in all purpose flour,semolina,baking soda and powder,salt,keep it aside.
  • In a bowl take the butter,oil and sugar till beat with an electric blender or hand blender till it becomes creamy.To .this add the flour mixture and mix it well.
  • Now with hands knead it well and add milk if needed.Now on a floured surface roll the dough to a log and wrap with a cling wrap.Refrigerate the log for an hour or two.
  • After an hour of refrigeration take out the rolled dough and unwrap the cling wrap.Meanwhile preheat the oven at 350F.Slice the rolled dough with a sharp knife to approximately 1/4 inch thick.Arrange it on a lined baking tray an inch apart.Bake it in the preheated oven for 18-20 minutes or till the cookies become nice and golden color at the top.
  • After cooling store it in an air tight container.Serve with tea.

  • As these cookies spread slightly,arrange it in the baking tray an inch apart.
  • Addition of semolina gives a very nice crunch to the cookies,it can be avoided,its personal preference.
  • The amount of sugar given is perfect,but if you want it can be increase up to 6 tbs.



Awesome clicks Nalini! And the cookies look fantastic and very well baked.

I am liked all your cookies you have posted in this series and looking forward to see what you have in store for us tomorrow. Cookies have turned out good and nice pictures.

Jeera biscuit looks super delicious..Where is that hot bread shop in NJ ?

That is a super delicious cookie.. Goes directly into my bookmarked list..

Good ones to go with coffee / tea. We too prefer salty biscuits over sweet ones.

I've had these biscuits in India... they taste good with tea or coffee. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Cumin in cookies sounds very interesting. Your pictures look great.

beautifully made flavorful cookies, jeera flavor tastes nice

Nice crispy cookies .. Looks like made in a bakery ..

Very buttery and such a flavourful biscuits, hard to resist to those beauties.

Wow, those sweet & spicy cookies look perfectly made.

Those biscuits seem to have turned out great Nalini..very addictive too..

I love these jeera biscuits, my favorite.

Looks so yum. Some savoury bakes among sweet one surely will be a good alternate...

can imagine the flavor of these beauties!! Stunning clicks as usual!!

This so reminds me of the bakery biscuits in India. Love the clicks and recipe :)

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