In Pakistan, fresh cookies from bakeries are very popular and usually every house has a jar full of them to go with evening tea. These are one such cookies called ‘Zeera Biscuits’ normally, here zeera is Urdu word for cumin and what a classic spice it is. Popular in both savory and sweet dishes, this cookie sometimes also called saltish zeera cookies but hey, dont be deceived by the name as it contains considerable amount of sugar and that too icing sugar. Rest of the ingredients are simple.
Some thoughts about making cookies:
1. You should never knead the dough, the idea is to just combine the ingredients to form a ball. You can keep it in fridge, well-wrapped for better handling but no kneading.
2. If at times your dough doesnt form, you can add flour or cold water to bind it but again no kneading.
3. While baking, use parchment/baking paper to achieve golden brown color.
4. Cookies are usually done in 10-15 mins. Not more than that.
So here goes the recipe:
Flour 250 gm
Icing Sugar 125gm
Egg yolk or half egg beaten (might need more for binding)
Salt 1 tsp
Cumin seeds 1 tbsp
1. Beat butter and sugar until creamy.
2. Add egg.
3. Add sifted flour, cumin and salt and mix with hands till just combined.
4. Wrap in plastic and stick in fridge for about 20 mins.
5. Roll out the dough on a well floured surface about 1/8″ thick.
6. Prick with fork. Cut out with round cookie cutter and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
7. Bake in pre-heated oven at gas mark 4 for about 10-15 mins until golden brown.