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butter cookies recipe with step by step photos – crisp and tasty butter cookies made from whole wheat flour and without eggs.

butter cookies

i made these butter cookies for the festive season this year along with the fruit cake. i have made these cookies before too and they taste very good and goes well with a tea or coffee.

we are fond of cookies. thats true. whenever we go to any big store or a shopping mall, we always look out for the cookie shops or the cookie section. usually, i end up buying healthy cookies made with whole wheat or multi grain flour or millet flours. surprisingly and on the contrary, there are very few cookie recipes posted on the blog. since i often bake cookies without taking pics. in fact, i have one big book dedicated to only making cookies.

wholewheat butter cookies

these cookies have the buttery taste & flavor and are also crisp. they make for a nice festive gift. these also go very well with a cup of milk or tea/coffee. usually in the morning, when i don’t have time to make an elaborate breakfast, i serve cookies with milk or tea.

for the sugar in cookies, i always powder organic unrefined cane sugar or raw sugar. unrefined cane sugar is much better than bleached white sugar. these butter cookies just have the right amount of sweetness. they are not sweet like sugar cookies. i do try to bake cookies and biscuits with whole wheat flour. but at times depending on the recipe, i do add all purpose flour.

serve these butter cookies plain or with milk or hot chocolate or tea/coffee. they also go well as a side sweet snack in tiffins.

how to make butter cookies recipe

making butter cookies dough

1. in a blender or grinder, add ½ cup sugar and seeds of 4 to 5 green cardamoms.

sugar for butter cookies

2. grind to a fine powder. keep aside. you can also use ¾ cup powdered sugar instead of grinding the sugar.

powdered sugar for butter cookies recipe

3. in a mixing bowl, take 2 cups whole wheat flour (240 grams) and ½ tsp baking soda or baking powder. you can add either baking soda or baking powder in this recipe. baking soda gives a softer texture whereas baking powder gives a crisp texture.

flour for butter cookies recipe

4.with a spoon or spatula mix everything well.

mix flour to make butter cookies recipe

5. add 100 grams (about 7 to 8 tbsp) chilled butter. cut the butter into cubes or sticks and then add.

add butter

6. with your fingertips break the butter and mix with the flour. you can cut the butter in the flour with two knives too. this can also be achieved with a food processor or a stand mixer. if the butter melts while mixing with your hands, keep the mixture in the fridge for some minutes and then start again.

mix butter and flour

7. mix till you get a bread crumb like texture in the mixture.

butter cookies mixture

8. add powdered sugar and ¼ tsp nutmeg powder.

add sugar to butter cookies mixture

9. mix well with a spoon or spatula.

mix butter cookies mixture

10. add 3 tbsp yogurt.

yogurt for eggless butter cookies recipe

11. lightly mix and then add 2 to 3 tbsp milk.

milk for butter cookies recipe

12. mix and gather the entire mixture together to a dough. don’t knead.

eggless butter cookies dough

2 methods to make butter cookies

a) easy and quick method

1. now make a log or roll of the dough. cover with a cling film or place the rolled dough log covered in a bowl. refrigerate the cookie dough for 30 minutes.

eggless butter cookies dough

2. after 30 minutes, remove and then slice the dough in 0.75 cm to 1.25 cm cookies. preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius before you bake these cookies.

slicing the chilled butter cookies dough

3. place the butter cookies in a baking tray with an inch gap between them. you can also press some dry fruits in the center.

bake butter cookies

4. bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees celsius/356 degrees fahrenheit for 15 to 25 minutes or more till the butter cookies are light golden or golden. temperatures vary from oven to oven, so do keep a check whilst the cookies are baking. for slight moist and crumbly taste, don’t brown the cookies. for a crisp texture, brown the cookies lightly. depending on the size of the butter cookies, it may take more or less time for the cookies to bake. keep the cookie tray in the center rack if using an OTG. don’t keep it on the tray touching the bottom heating rods. or else the butter cookies burn from the base.

baking butter cookies

5. once baked, remove when still hot and place them on a wired tray or rack. so that the cookies cool. down.

baked eggless butter cookies

2nd method to make butter cookies

1. chill the dough without rolling in a log. remove the cookies dough and spread some flour on the work surface as well as on the dough.

rolling butter cookies dough

2. with a rolling pin, roll the dough. this rolling takes quite an effort. roll the dough to a thickness of 0.50 to 0.75 cms.

rolling butter cookies dough

3. with cookie cutters, cut the dough. gather the remaing dough and again roll. cut with the cookie cutters and repeat the process.

cutting butter cookies from dough

baking butter cookies

4. then place the butter cookies in a baking tray with an inch gap between them. bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees celsius/356 degrees fahrenheit for 15 to 25 minutes or more till the butter cookies are light golden or golden. these cookies can also be baked in the convection mode of microwave oven with the same temperature. you can also bake the butter cookies in batches, if you have a small  oven. just place the cookies in the fridge before you bake them in batches.

baking eggless butter cookies

5. the baked butter cookies once out of the oven.

baked butter cookies

6. once baked, immediately remove them when still hot and place them on a wired tray or rack. so that the cookies cool down.

baked butter cookies

7. once they cool down at room temperature, place them immediately in an air tight jar or box. serve butter cookies plain or with milk or tea.

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butter cookies

4.82 from 27 votes
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:40 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:1 hr 5 mins
Course:desserts,snacks
Cuisine:world
Calories: 38kcal
Servings (change the number to scale):52 to 54 small cookies
eggless butter cookies recipe
crisp and tasty butter cookies made with whole wheat flour, butter and without eggs.

INGREDIENTS FOR butter cookies

(1 CUP = 250 ML)
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (atta) or 240 grams atta
  • 4 to 5 green cardamoms (choti elaichi) - seeds kept and husks removed
  • 100 grams chilled cold unsalted butter - about 7 to 8 tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder or ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg powder (jaiphal powder)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon milk - add more milk if required
  • 3 tablespoon curd (dahi or yogurt)
  • ½ cup organic unrefined cane sugar Or regular sugar Or ¾ cup powdered sugar Or 125 grams of powdered sugar

HOW TO MAKE butter cookies

making butter cookies dough

  • in a blender or grinder, add 1/2 cup sugar and seeds of 4 to 5 green cardamoms.
  • grind to a fine powder. keep aside. you can also use 3/4 cup powdered sugar instead of grinding the sugar.
  • in a mixing bowl, take 2 cups whole wheat flour (240 grams) and ½ tsp baking soda or ½ tsp baking powder.
  • with a spoon or spatula mix everything well.
  • add 100 grams chilled butter. with your fingertips break the butter and mix with the flour. you can cut the butter with two knives too. this can also be achieved with a food processor or a stand mixer. if the butter melts while mixing with your hands, keep the mixture in the fridge for some minutes and then start again..
  • mix till you get a bread crumb like texture in the mixture.
  • add powdered sugar and 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder. mix well with a spoon or spatula.
  • add 3 tbsp yogurt. lightly mix and then add 2 to 3 tbsp milk.
  • mix and gather the entire mixture together to a dough. don't knead.
  • keep the cookie dough covered in a bowl, in the fridge for 30 minutes.

making butter cookies

  • before baking and cutting the cookies, pre heat the oven at 180 degrees celsius/356 degrees fahrenheit.
  • remove the dough and spread some flour on the work surface as well as on the dough.
  • with a rolling pin (belan), roll the dough. this rolling takes quite an effort. roll the dough to a thickness of 0.50 to 0.75 cms.
  • with cookie cutters, cut the dough. gather the remaining dough and again roll. cut with the cookie cutters and repeat the process.

baking butter cookies

  • then place the butter cookies in a baking tray with an inch gap between them.
  • bake butter cookies in a preheated oven at 180 degrees celsius/356 degrees fahrenheit for 15 to 25 minutes or more till the cookies are light golden or golden.
  • once baked, remove when still hot and place them on a wired tray or rack. so that the butter cookies cool down.
  • once they cool down at room temperature, place the butter cookies immediately in an air tight jar or box.
  • serve butter cookies plain or with milk or tea.

NOTES

  • the recipe can be halved, doubled or tripled.
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189 comments/reviews

  1. Hi.. I tried some of your recipes and they always turn out so well. I have become a big fan of yours. Moreover i am a vegetarian so i just love and trust all your recipes. Thinking to try baking cookies this time but i am a little diet conscious. Can i reduce the amount of butter for this recipe? And to prepare salted cookies, can i follow the same recipe eliminating sugar?
    Regards

    • thanks a lot nisha. yes you can reduce the amount of butter. not only for this cookie recipe but any recipe. you can try with salt and add some cumin or ajwain. also add a bit of sugar to balance the saltiness. you will get a nice sweet-salt taste in the cookies.

  2. Hi Dassana, I am a great fan of your recipes. I like experimenting with new cuisines. I happened to reach your blog by chance few years ago. Since then, I turn to your blog whenever I am trying new recipes; even if it’s from other books, I want to see if you had done it and compare the recipes. Because I just can’t resist relying on your recipes. 😂
    After we started giving solid food to my daughter, I tried this butter cookie recipe. My daughter, my husband, my in-laws – everyone loved it; of course me too. I liked it better because of all the compliments from the family.
    Though I never thought of sharing my comments (as I know that I can’t make it short 😂), I thought of writing it today. Because I am going to make it with my daughter today. She’s very happy and excited. Seeing her like that, it made me write this long comment.
    Keep those wonderful recipes coming. Our best to you.
    Love
    Karthika Mukundh5 stars

    • hi karthika, i felt so good reading your comment and pleased too know that the butter cookies were loved by everyone in your family. of course, you can write long comments. even i have many cookbooks. i hardly ever use them. on the occasions i do, i see glaring errors or mistakes in the recipes eg too much of sugar in a cake or too much of spices or oil in a gravy or curry recipe.

      thanks again and i wish you all the best. happy cooking.

  3. Hello Dassana,
    I have been baking these cookies for the past 3 years and they turn out awesome every time. I love your recipes as they are always healthy. My son is fond of spicy snacks. His exams are round the corner and I don’t want to give him fried stuff. Can I make this cookie spicy? Please let me know what I should add and the proportion.
    Once again my heartfelt wishes to you for the good work that you are doing.
    Thanks

    • thanks nalini. yes you can make then spicy or spicy-sweet, whatever your son likes. no need to change the proportions of any ingredient. since sugar is not there, you may need to add some more milk while binding.

  4. Hi !! Hour recipie sounds awsm but can we use brown sugar instead and if yes , then do we need to powder the same also .

  5. Hello Ma’am,
    I love your recipes and and preparing delicious foods for my family. Thank you!
    Do you have any vegan recipe for cookies? Or, can I use almond butter instead of dairy butter? Kindly help☺️5 stars

  6. Hi Dasaana.. my family loves the cookies. They are a hit. The shapes are so cute. I replaced butter with cold coconut oil. I also added vanilla. Thanks ao much. Hare Krishna

    • thanks rupini for sharing the feedback. yes coconut oil is a good substitute. even i use coconut oil on occasions in cookies. hare krishna.

  7. Amit..very nice recipes..but need clarity on the baking soda or baking powder. But you also are adding yogurt as an ingredient. What us better…B soda or B powder please?5 stars

    • baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate. baking powder is a mixture of sodium bicarbonate when moistened releases carbon dioxide which helps in rising of baked stuff. baking powder contains sodium bicarbonate, an acidifying agent (cream of tartar), and also a drying agent (usually starch). same function as baking soda. however baking soda is three times more stronger than baking powder. yogurt is added as it is an acidic agent and when it reacts with an alkaline substance like baking soda or baking powder, it releases carbon dioxide. depending on the recipe and other ingredients used, you can decide what to add.

  8. Can I use All Purpose flour instead of whole wheat flour in your butter cookie recipe and keep all other ingredients the same.

  9. I am a huge fan of your recipes. I have tried a lot and they all come out so awesome. Trust me, I have tried many recipes but yours are the only one who are full proof and never fails.
    I recently started baking and tried your nankhatai, banana cake and both were too good.
    The best part is your choice of healthy ingredients. I don’t buy maida and you never post any baking recipe with it. Thanks for that. You are amazing!
    Just one request, could you add more cookies recipe. I am finding them tough. I would love to see ragi cookies, semolina cookies etc.
    Also some savory baking recipes would be great.
    I am sorry if that is too much to ask for.
    Bless you!

    • thank you garima for these words. i have some recipes with maida, but as far as possible i do avoid baking with it. i do want to add more cookie recipes. in fact i had developed a batch of oats cookies recipe recently and they were awesome. did not take pics, but yes i will add the recipe in some time. and yes ragi cookies have been asked by many readers. just that i have not tried making cookies with it. so i will need to develop a good fool proof recipe with ragi. even rava cookies have been requested. so will try to add them.

      you are not asking too much and please don’t be sorry. i can understand as good eggless baked recipes are sometimes difficult to get in media like internet or books. i have myself tried eggless baking recipes from books and at times the recipes have failed miserably. also i am working on a butter cake recipe with whole wheat flour. both times the texture of cake did not come out as expected. so eventually after trying and testing, i will add these eggless cake and cookie recipes.

  10. Hi Amit
    Thanks for writing nice and easy receipies.
    I have three question regarding this receipe

    I do not have nutmug powder.Can we skip it?
    Can I bakr cookies in cake tray as I could not find cookies baking tray?
    Also till what time i should preheat oven at 180 drgree??
    Thanks

  11. Hi my cooking Guru made these biscuits today with my 3 year old OMG it was awesome I have no words and good thing Is she can have without any regrets thats loads of sugar is going in her body……

    For me you are my sakshat Ma Anapurna……I just cannot think to cook without you.

    thank you so much…..I am so confident with coo8now that my fear is completely gone Al long as you and your recipes are there…

    I love you ! I really like to meet you one day to say thank you for this wonderful job

    lots of hugs

    Urvashi shah5 stars

    • if you are keeping the cookies immediately in the oven after removing the first batch, then no need to preheat. but if you give an interval of some time eg 15 or 30 minutes, then you will have to preheat the oven again.