Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Benne Biscuit/ Butter Cookies

It was time of the season again for the function at my daughter’s school. Again, I signed up for dessert for the potluck. After gaining confidence from last time, I decided to bake “benne biscuit” this time.. 

More than that, there was another reason why I wanted to try this particular recipe. I soooo wanted to put it up here for such a long time now. I was just looking for an excuse to make it. You see, this was the first thing I ever baked! I was not even into browsing through food blogs then... this was the recipe that got me hooked onto food blogs(and eventually onto cooking, for that matter).. this is a very special recipe to me. If at all I receive any award for food blogging, I would mention "this is how it all started..." in my thank you speech - that kinda special :D 

Benne bisuit has always been my favorite bakery item. This one doesn’t exactly taste like the ones available in India. This recipe uses ghee. Apparently, they use dalda in India to get that soft, powdery texture.
These cookies taste more like butter cookies. They have a crunch in them.

The procedure is fairly easy and it is a great item to take for a potluck.


Maida - 1 cup
Powdered sugar - 1/2 cup (Just run granular sugar in the mixie couple of times)
Ghee - 6tblsps (I used melted butter here)
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
Baking Powder - 1/2 tsp


Mix maida, sugar, baking powder, cardamom powder in a big mixing bowl. Add ghee little at a time and mix. 

Knead the dough and make it into a ball. Set the dough aside for couple of hours

Preheat the oven at 300 degree F.
Make small balls or any shape you like.

Bake them for 15-20 min until the bottom turns slightly brown and the top starts to crack.


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