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Chewy Almond Cookies

Chewy Almond Cookies

Indian bakery-style Chewy Almond Cookies are eggless and so easy to make. Sweet almond, cardamom and nutmeg give these cookies their signature flavour.

These feather-light cookies get their crispiness from a combination of semolina, butter and leavening agents. They’re a cross between the traditional Indian tea biscuit, Nankhatai and chewy, American-style cookies. The coming together of these flavours and textures is perfect for nibbling alongside your favourite hot drink. I love mine with Masala Chai.

Eggless cookies with semolina

Since my recipe for Chewy Almond Cookies is loosely based on Nankhatai, I like to add a small amount of coarse semolina for extra crispiness. Semolina, almonds and butter create the most beautiful aroma when they mingle and bake in the oven. Your whole home will smell like a bakery!

How to make eggless cookies

How to make eggless cookies with almonds

In any eggless cookie recipe, it is crucial to adjust the quantities of sugar, butter and flour to create a balance that produces favourable results. I have tested this eggless cookie recipe several times, adjusting the proportions as necessary.

It’s worth noting that in the absence of eggs, the structure of the cookie is compromised, due to the lack of additional protein and emulsifiers. Ensuring the measurements are followed accurately is therefore, incredibly important. Always use a kitchen scale to weigh your ingredients out.

Eggless cookies dos and don’ts

  • Do stick to the measurements of core ingredients like flour, semolina, ground almonds, sugar, butter and raising agents. The flavourings can be tweaked according to the personal preference.
  • Do ensure you chill the cookie dough for at least one hour before baking
  • Don’t reduce the amount of sugar in this recipe
  • Don’t reduce the amount of butter in this recipe
Eggless Indian Cookies with Almonds

Can I make these Chewy Almond Cookies vegan?

I have not yet tested a vegan version of these cookies. Please note that if you make substitutions to this recipe in order to veganise it, the final texture and flavour of the cookies may be different to the original recipe.

Are these Chewy Almond Cookies gluten free?

These cookies are not gluten free, since they contain wheat flour and semolina. Feel free to experiment with gluten-free baking blends. I’d love to hear how they turn out for you.

Can I use other nuts in place of almonds?

Yes! You can replace the ground almonds in this recipe with ground pistachios, ground hazelnuts, ground walnuts or pecans. Peanuts would be just as delicious, too.

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Butter vs. ghee in eggless cookies

My preference is to use unsalted butter in my eggless cookie recipe. If you’d like to use ghee in your eggless cookies, there are a few things to bear in mind.

Unlike butter, ghee has little to no water content, since the majority of the water and milk solids are removed (hence the name clarified butter). Therefore, ghee and butter are not directly interchangeable in baking. I much prefer the flavour of butter.

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How to make Chewy Almond Cookies: Step-by-Step

1. Cream together the butter, sugar and spices

Cream together butter and sugar for cookies
Ensure the butter is very soft before beginning. Beat until light, pale and fluffy.

2. Add the dry ingredients

Eggless cookie dough with almonds
Add ground almonds, semolina, flour, baking powder and baking soda.

3. Roll and chill

Making eggless cookies
Portion the dough out into rounds. I roll them into 20g balls for the perfect size to enjoy with a cup of tea. Chill for 1 hour.

4. Press in nuts and bake

Decorate eggless cookies
Press slivered almonds and/or pistachios into the chilled cookie dough balls. Bake and cool on the sheets.

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Chewy Almond Cookies recipe

Chewy Almond Cookies recipe Sanjana Feasts

Chewy Almond Cookies

Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Inactive prep time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Indian
Keyword: almond, biscuits, cookies, nuts
Servings: 28
Author: Sanjana

Equipment

  • 2 x large flat baking trays

Ingredients

  • 225 g plain flour
  • 25 g semolina
  • 25 g ground almonds or almond flour
  • 200 g unsalted butter very soft, but not melted
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 6 cardamom pods seeds ground
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt a pinch
  • 2 tbsp slivered almonds and/or pistachios to decorate

Instructions

  • Line the baking trays with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 170°C/340°F (fan).
  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, ground cardamom, nutmeg, almond extract and salt until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the ground almonds, semolina, flour, baking powder and baking soda. Use a rubber spatula fold everything together and form a thick and creamy mixture.
  • Scoop the cookies out into 20g portions and roll into rounds. Arrange the cookies on the baking sheets, leaving a 2cm gap between each one. Cover loosely with cling film and refrigerate for one hour, or up to 48 hours.
  • Top each cookie with a pinch of slivered almonds and/or pistachios, pressing them in gently.
  • Bake the cookies for 15 minutes and then remove from the oven. Cool on the oven trays for 15 minutes and then carefully transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Sanjana’s Notes

  • Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Keep them in a cool, dry place. Do not refrigerate.
  • You can also freeze the cookie dough for up to 6 months.
  • You may need to bake the cookies in batches depending on the size of your baking trays.
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