5 from 8 votes
Jeera Cookies | Roasted Cumin Shortbread Cookies
Jeera Cookies | Roasted Cumin Shortbread Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Total Time
23 mins
Course: Baking, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Baking, Cookies, jeera cookies, shortbread cookies, snacks, tea time cookies
Servings: 18 Cookies
  • All Purpose flour - 1 cup + 2 Tbsp might need a little more or less to bring the dough together
  • Butter Unsalted - 1/2 cup / 1 stick (softened)
  • Powdered Sugar - 1/3 cup
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Baking powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1 1/2 tsp roasted and slightly crushed
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. I like to use double baking sheet to keep the base of the cookies from becoming too dark.
  2. In a pan, roast the cumin seeds until lightly brown and aromatic. It takes just 2 minutes in low heat. Once the cumin seeds cool down a bit, crush it lightly and keep it ready.
  3. In a bowl, whisk the butter and the powdered sugar until creamy. Softened butter really helps to bring it together quickly.
  4. In another bowl, sift the flour along with the baking powder and the salt.
  5. Add the flour in batches and mix it with a spatula to bring it together and form a soft dough. Start with a cup of flour and then slowly add about a teaspoon of flour at a time to bring the dough to the right consistency.
  6. At this point add the roasted and crushed cumin seeds to the flour mixture and make the dough
  7. You could roll the dough out to about 1/8th of an inch thickness right away or keep it in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes and then roll it. I tried it both ways and it really did not affect the quality of the cookies.
  8. When rolling the dough, make sure to liberally dust your work surface and the rolling pin with flour.
  9. Use a cookie cutter, shape out the cookies and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  10. Bake the cookies for about 15 to 17 minutes or until they are slightly golden at the edges.
  11. Remove the cookies from the tray and place them on the cooling rack to completely cool.
  12. Store the cookies once they are completely cooled down in a air tight container.