Tea Shop Style Butter Biscuits/Tea Kadai Butter Biscuits

We are in week #3 April of Blogging Marathon#51 and for this week I am going to share eggless cookies.
Today's recipe is a simple and popular cookies aka biscuits popular in most of the Tea shops in Tamilnadu.
These biscuits are crunchy,mouth melting and delicious even without any fancy ingredients and flavoring agent.
These cookies/biscuits are so close to my heart,as this cookie was the first bake in my life. After I came to US,the first thing baked in the oven was this cookie.
This cookie I noted it 15 years back from a local bakery shop baker.The recipe was given roughly in kilo measurement.
The cookie was not only my first bake and did not aware about the number of cookies for 1 kilogram of all purpose flour.After seeing the convention oven got excited and blindly follow the recipe and mixed roughly a kilogram of  all purpose flour.Finally made more than 50 cookies for 2 of us.The cookie was not bad for the first time.Since no hand blender or electric blender to cream the butter,I used my wooden dhal masher(paruppu mathu).
After so so many trials and scaled down measurement,I am making this cookie perfect.In the original recipe the refrigeration was not mentioned.But I personally feel refrigerating the dough helps to hold the shape and also prevents the dough from spreading.Here I didn't use any flavoring agent but it can be used according to personal preference.
This cookie was the first recipe I made for this Blogging Marathon series in December in my brand new oven.It was bit difficult to understand the oven temperature,so reduced the temperature to 340 F instead of 350 F.As I was ran out parchment paper I used aluminium foil to line the tray.Thats why the bottom of the cookies turned brown faster.After that I stopped using aluminium foil for lining and reduced the temperature to 10 F of the given temperature.Lets move on to the recipe............................

                                                                                         Tea Shop Style Butter Biscuits

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
   Resting time ~ 1 hour
   Baking time ~ 12-14 minutes
   Makes ~ 18-20 



All purpose flour/maida
1 cup
Rice flour/arisi maavu
2 tbs
Butter/vennai(room temperature)
1/2 cup
Granulated sugar(powdered)
5 tbs
a pinch
Vanilla extract(optional)1/2 tsp


  • Powder the granulated sugar in a  blender to a fine powder.In a separate bowl,mix the all purpose flour,rice flour and salt well.Keep it aside.Now in take the butter and powdered sugar in a bowl.Beat it with a electrical or hand blender till it becomes creamy.To this add the flour mixture and mix it well.Knead it to a soft dough.

  • Now roll the dough to a log and wrap it in a cling wrap and refrigerate for an hour.After an hour remove the wrap and slice the cookies to 1/2 inch thickness.Meanwhile pre-heat the oven at 350 F.Arrange it on a lined baking tray ,use a fork prick it on the top of the cookies to give a pattern.Bake it for 12-14 minutes and remove it from the oven.Cool the cookies on a cooling rack and store it in an air tight container after cooling.
    • Serve it with tea.

    • As these cookies bake faster,keep an eye after 10 minutes otherwise it may burnt.
    • Addition of rice flour gives a very nice crunch to the cookies.
    • The amount of sugar given is perfect,but if you want it can be increase up to 1/2 cup.


    Delicious biscuits.. Would love to enjoy these biscuits with tea... I am loving it..

    Lovely.... My favourite too with tea....

    So finally you could get a perfect recipe. The biscuits look absolutely professional, seems they are right out of a bakery.

    Glad you were able to recreate the perfect recipe. Foods that take us back to our childhood are the best of all.

    They look very good. These are cookies every Indian can attach their childhood memories to, if i am not wrong.
    Does the addition of rice flour helps in making them crunchier?

    Glad you figured out the right measurements over the years. Haha, I can imagine how overwhelmed you might have been seeing 50 cookies for just the two of you. :)

    Loved the shape of these cookies and must try this version.Addition of rice flour sounds interesting...

    Makes me nostalgic, this is one of my fav anytime..U know am in love with that brownish bottom..

    Wow! Never tried adding rice flour to cookies. Interesting variation!

    Great. addition of rice flour is interesting. Yummy cookies

    Butter biscuits are everyone's favorite. My husband really loves these, but i am yet to try my hand. Glad that you have got the hang of the new oven as well.

    Sounds and looks fantastic Nalini..will surely try this soon!

    addition of rice flour is new.. yes, this Tea kadai biscuits are so popular...

    Tempting butter biscuits!!! hot cup of tea and few of these biscuits is a nice way to while away a lazy afternoon!!!

    They do look exactly like the biscuits sold at the tea stalls. They look crispy & delicious.

    Looks awesome and these are my absolute favorite as well. I make it almost the same way as well and great that you have got a recipe from the shopkeeper :)

    The very first recipes do have a special place in our hearts, right. This cookie looks so yumm...

    Looks fantastic!!Love the clicks

    I love a good butter cookies!! they looks delicious!!!!

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