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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Indian spice cookies

These biscuits definitely pack a big flavor punch due to the blend of Indian inspired spices. Cardamom, saffron and allspice with the crunch of the toasted pistachios combine to create a blend that transforms a plain cookie recipe into a complex and comforting biscuit that pairs perfectly with a smooth pannacotta or lemon posset for a sophisticated dinner party dessert, a nice finish to an indian meal or simply serve with a hot cup of tea.


1/4 tsp saffron
2 tbsp milk, warmed to dissolve the saffron
6 Cardamom pods
1/2 tsp Allspice
20 pistachios, crushed or coarsely chopped
200 gm (1 1/2 cups) flour
100 gm (1/2 cup + 2tbsp) castor sugar
100 gm butter
A few drops of milk to bind the dough if required

Makes about 20 cookies

Place the saffron with the warm milk in a pestle & mortar. In a pestle & mortar or coffee mill, grind the cardamom seeds fine powder and keep aside, disregard any husks.

Chop the pistachios into small pieces. A mezzaluna works best. Crush the saffron into a smooth paste using the mortar and pestle. In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the butter and the sugar together. Put in the saffron mixture, cardamom and allspice and blend well.

Put in the flour and form into a dough. If the dough refuses to co-operate, add a few more drops of milk, just enough for it to come together. Preheat your oven to 350 F. Roll the dough on a clean surface. Sprinkle half of the pistachios over it and lightly press into the top with a rolling pin. Cut out with a cookie cutter of your choice. Reshape the remaining dough, roll again and cut. Repeat until you have no dough remaining. Place the cookies on a tray lined with silicone paper and bake for 15 minutes. Cool completely and store in an air tight container.


  1. These look delish. You can wrap anything in flaky dough.

  2. Replies
    1. Thank you Madam - they are incredibly tasty - a vast improvement on a ginger biscuit.

  3. Oh lovely. I've never baked with saffron and must give it a shot.

    1. The saffron dives a lovely colour to the biscuits as well. I'm sure you have a fancy name for the particular shade :)

  4. These sound absolutely delicious! I just love anything with cardamom in it!

  5. These are really lovely; such a great combination of flavours and they look so pretty with the pistachios on top.

  6. They look great- wonderful flavours for this time of year!

    1. Sure are, and makes the house smell better than any scented candle.

  7. These look incredible!

  8. I love any excuse to use spices in my cooking and baking. These biscuits would suit me perfectly and the pistachio topping is so pretty!

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