November 12, 2020

Paan Masala Cookies

Paan Masala Cookies recipe

Paan Masala Cookies are the ultimate after-dinner treat to pair with coffee. Buttery, bakery-style biscuits laced with candied fennel seed and rose petal paan masala.

I remember feeling incredibly grown up the first time I was asked if I wanted sweet aan from the paan shop.

What is Paan Masala?

Paan Masala is an Indian after-dinner mouth freshener consisting of peppery betel leaf wrapped around a filling of rose petal jam, candied fennel seeds, salted sesame seeds and sweet betel nut (areca) flakes.

Paan Masala Gulab Mukhwas
Gulab Paan Masala (Mukhwas) – Link to purchase below

You can get it in many different varieties, some containing chewing tobacco and some colourful, fun to eat and delightfully sweet.

Each specialist paan wala will have their own secret blend of ingredients.

Why Paan Masala Cookies?

I want to take my love of sweet paan to the next level by sharing a fun take on it that doesn’t require a visit to a specialist paan maker.

Paan Masala Cookies

These sweet little cookies are such a great after-dinner sweet to pair with coffee or tea. As paan masala or mukhwas is usually an after-dinner treat, these cookies take that classic ritual to the next level.

How to make Paan Masala Cookies in 4 easy steps

1. Make the dough

Make the cookie dough
Make the cookie dough.

Beat together butter, condensed milk and icing sugar until light and fluffy. Add your dry ingredients and use a spatula to form a soft dough.

Chill the cookie dough
Chill the cookie dough.

Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for a couple of hours.

2. Add the paan masala

Add the paan masala to the cookies
Add the paan masala to the cookies.

Break the dough up and add the paan masala. Bring everything together using your hands to press the paan masala into the dough.

The reason we add it as this stage and not earlier is because the colours often run and we don’t want them streaking through or discolouring the cookie dough.

3. Roll and stamp out your cookies

Roll the dough
Roll the dough and stamp out the cookies.

Lightly dust a clean surface with flour and roll the dough out to around 3-4mm in thickness. Use cookie cutters of your choice to stamp out your cookies.

Gather up any dough scraps and repeat the rolling and stamping process until all of it is used up.

Tip: Try to work quickly so the dough doesn’t soften too much. If it does become very soft, wrap it up again and chill in the fridge until firm before continuing.

The warmer the dough is, the more likely it is that the paan masala colours will bleed.

4. Bake the cookies

Bake the Paan Masala Cookies
Bake the Paan Masala Cookies.

Place the cookies on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Bake in your oven preheated at 175°C/350°F for 12-14 minutes.

The cookies will not brown a great deal so the colours of the paan masala stand out beautifully.

Paan Masala - Gulab Mukhwas

Where can I buy Paan Masala?

You can pick up a packet paan masala (sometimes labelled mukhwas) in most Indian shops or buy it online. The other ingredients in this recipe are things you’ll probably already have a home.

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Paan Masala Cookies recipe

Paan Masala Cookies recipe

Paan Masala Cookies

The ultimate after-dinner cookie to pair with coffee. Buttery, bakery-style biscuits laced with candied fennel seed and rose petal paan masala.
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: baking, biscuits, cookies, paan masala
Servings: 25 cookies
Author: Sanjana

Equipment

  • Cookie cutters of your choice
  • 2-3 large, flat baking trays

Ingredients

  • 200 g plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 125g g butter softened
  • 100g g sweetened condensed milk
  • 25g g icing sugar
  • 25 g gulab mukhwas (or paan masala/mukhwas of your choice)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F.
  • Place the butter in a large bowl. Beat with a whisk until very soft. Add the condensed milk and continue to beat until smooth.
  • Add the icing sugar and whip until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Tip in the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Use a spatula to fold the flour in until no more dry flour is visible. It will be a very soft dough.
  • Place the dough onto a large piece of cling film and flatten into a rough 15cm x 15cm square. Wrap well and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. We flatten it so the dough chills quickly.
  • Break the chilled dough into small pieces and tip the paan masala on top. Bring everything together using your hands to press the paan masala into the dough. The reason we add it as this stage and not earlier is because the colours often run and we don't want them streaking through or discolouring the cookie dough.
  • Lightly dust a clean surface with flour and roll the dough out to around 3-4mm in thickness. Use cookie cutters of your choice to stamp out your cookies. Gather up any dough scraps and repeat the rolling and stamping process until all of it is used up. Try to work quickly so the dough doesn't soften too much. If it does become very soft, wrap it up again and chill in the fridge until firm before continuing. The warmer the dough is, the more likely it is that the paan masala colours will bleed.
  • Place the cookies on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Bake in your oven preheated at 175°C/350°F for 12-14 minutes. The cookies will not brown a great deal so the colours of the paan masala stand out beautifully.
  • The cookies will seem quite soft when they come out of the oven. They will firm up as they cool. Allow to cool on the baking trays completely before placing in a biscuit tin. These cookies taste better the next day.

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Sanjana’s Notes

  • These Paan Masala Cookies will keep will in an airtight biscuit tin for up to 2 weeks. Store at room temperature.
  • You can make the cookie dough up to two days in advance and store it in the fridge until ready to use. Add the paan masala right before you want to bake them.
  • The cookie dough freezes well. Wrap the dough (without paan masala added) it well in cling film and freeze for up to 3 months. Add the paan masala right before you want to bake them.
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