Butter Cookies

Butter Cookies

Butter Cookies commonly known as Nankhatai is the traditional Indian shortbread cookies or biscuits made with flour, sugar and ghee or butter. It is a popular sweet cum snack recipe which is equally liked by kids as well as elders. Nankhatai is popular as a tea time snack and is easily available in most bakery and tea shops, with variations from place to place in preparation. In this recipe I used a standard recipe, which is mostly followed.


  1. All-purpose flour ( maida)   : 1 cup
  2. Butter / ghee          : ½ cup
  3. Sugar (powdered)   : ½ cup
  4. Baking soda            : A pinch
  5. Cardamom (powdered)       : 2 (Optional)


  • Mix the butter, sugar and cardamom to a creamy texture.
  • In a bowl add the flour and cooking soda . Mix the flour for getting the baking soda evenly.
  • Pour the butter mixture into the flour a little at a time.
  • Mix the flour with your finger to looks like bread crumbs.
  • Then make smooth dough with adding enough butter mixture.
  • Keep it for an hour / more.
  • Take a baking dish and put a greased parchment / wax paper.
  • Divide the dough into 13 equal  parts.
  • Press the top of each ball and slightly flatten it (May make a decorative cross on top with a knife at this point)
  • Place it in the cookie sheet; make sure to give some gap in between.
  • Preheat the oven at 350F.
  • Bake it for 18-20 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden brown.
  • Cool it completely to serve.


Tips :-

  • If you use normal sugar, powder the sugar along with cardamom ( I used off-the-shelf, powdered sugar).
  • If you don’t like cardamom flavor you may  avoid it.
  • Don’t use water for kneading the dough.
  • Quantity of sugar may be varied to individual taste.
  • Don’t over-brown the cookies. Once it get lightly golden brown, insert a tooth pick , it comes  out clean if cooked enough. 

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