No matter how much you try, you cannot avoid eating cookies completely. I refuse to buy cookies for home but my husband does. I avoid giving my son cookies in his tiffin but other kids get, and then he questions me why I don’t give him cookies! All this junk food vs healthy food lecture does not appeal to little kids.
So, I have accepted the fact that cookies are here to stay. And therefore, I try making those at home once in a while to make myself feel less guilty. Recently, I made Whole Wheat cookies at home and they turned out to be super delicious. Whole wheat lends a textured taste to the cookies. Most importantly, they were well-received by the audience at home.
By using only Whole Wheat flour, this recipe offers a healthy alternative for kids in place of regular off-the-shelf biscuits. Here’s the super easy recipe to make whole wheat cookies or biscuits at home:
Whole wheat flour (aata) – 1 1/2 cups
All purpose flour (maida) – 1/2 cup
[Note: You can completely avoid all purpose flour and go for 2 cups of whole wheat flour]
Powdered sugar – 1 cup
Clarified butter (ghee) – 1 cup
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
Almonds – 1/2 cup finely chopped (optional)
Milk – 2-3 tbsp (if required)
- Mix everything except ghee and milk.
- Then add ghee slowly, mixing the dough well.
- The final dough should be smooth and not crumbly. You must be able to make smooth balls with it.
- If not, then add 2-3 tbsp milk to make the dough smoother in consistency.
- Make small balls and press lightly to give a cookie like shape. You can also use cookie cutter to give shape. I used hands.
- Preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius. For Microwave-convection users, select 180 degrees temperature in Preheat mode.
- Place the cookies on a tray and bake them for anywhere around 25-30 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius in Convection mode. The time may vary slightly.
- When ready, cookies will be slightly brownish in colour.
- Take them out and let them cool down completely.
- After they have completely cooled down, you can have your home-made crunchy, textured whole wheat cookies with tea or coffee, and let your kids have them without any guilt.
- You may add a tiny piece of cherry or a strip of almond at the center of each cookie.
- The cookies on the sides of the tray cook faster, so place them accordingly and keep an eye. You may find that those in the center haven’t cooked while the ones on the sides have turned brown.
- This recipe is really very simple. I make Nankhatais (traditional Indian biscuits) with the same recipe using all purpose wheat flour and gram flour. All you need to do is add powdered sugar and make the dough with ghee. The dough should be smooth.
You may also want to check out my whole wheat cake recipe.