4 to 5green cardamoms(choti elaichi) - seeds kept and husks removed
100gramschilled cold unsalted butter- about 7 to 8 tablespoon butter
½teaspoonbaking powderor ½ teaspoon baking soda
¼teaspoonnutmeg powder(jaiphal powder)
2 to 3tablespoonmilk- add more milk if required
3tablespooncurd(dahi or yogurt)
½cuporganic unrefined cane sugarOr regular sugar Or ¾ cup powdered sugar Or 125 grams of powdered sugar
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.