Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Nan Khatai - Indian cookies

I have been eating homemade Nan khatais (cookies) made by my Mom since I was a little kid. Now, its my turn to make them and send it as a gift to my Mom. These cookies can  be made all round the year and works as a perfect gift for anybody. The best thing about these cookies is that the ingredients would be available at any time in your kitchen.


Preparation Time - 5 minutes
Dough Resting Time - 15 minutes
Baking Time - 20 - 25 minutes

Yield - 18 cookies

Here's what you gonna need for making Nan Khatai

1 stick (100 gms) unsalted butter (at room temperature)
½ cup (60 gms) powdered sugar/ caster sugar
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp nutmeg powder
¼ tsp cardamom powder
1 cup (130 gms) all purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt (leave the salt if you are using salted butter)

Here's what you gonna make it

Preheat your oven to 300° F or 150 ° C
  • In a bowl, sift all purpose flour, baking powder and salt and mix it well.
  • In another bowl, with the help of hand mixer, whisk butter until soft. 
  • Add sugar and whisk until nice and creamy.
  • Add nutmeg powder and cardamom powder into butter mixture and fold them well. 
  • Fold the dry ingredients in small portions into the butter mixture and make a soft dough.
  • Let the dough rest in refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
  • Make small balls without any cracks and keep it in the baking sheet lined with parchment paper keeping a gap of about 2 inches with each other.
  • Bake the nan khatai for about 20 - 25 minutes until you see the sides of the cookies turn lightly brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. 
These are best served the day you make them. You can also store them in an air tight container at room temperature for about a week.

Happy Baking!

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