Brighten your holidays with these delicious eggless whole wheat ghee cookies that are the perfect grab-n-go, melt in the mouth kind of crispy cookies.
Ghee biscuits was our treat coming back home from school every other day. There was a bakery near our house and the aroma coming from there was tantalizing. It would always tempt us to enter and try all the delicious treats from the counter. When we were very young, we were not allowed to enter this store and buy something by ourselves. Only when we were accompanied by one of our parent, did we get to enter and pick whatever we want to eat. We would be the happiest that day. There have been numerous occasions where me and my brother would walk past this bakery, take in the aroma and give each other the ‘dejected look’ as we very well knew that we were not getting anything that day. But once we were in our teens, we were given more independence. Every second chance we got, we would come home with ghee biscuits for all. The beauty of this bakery is that despite it being so many years, the taste of those ghee biscuits have not changed a bit.
The bakery is run by a family who have been doing this for generations. The recipe has been passed down from generations and no tweaks are made to it. Even today whenever I visit my home in Bombay, my brother ensures that one of the first thing I eat are these biscuits. It has been an integral part of our childhood and we would like to preserve that memory till we can. This time when I was home, I stopped by at the bakery after being lured by the same tempting aroma. In all these years it had never occurred to me to ask them for the recipe and even that day I had no plans of asking for it. I just wanted to spend some time with this family that has religiously preparing different delicacies for customers like us, every day for the last 30 years. The family knew me very well as they have been seeing me since I was a kid and thereby I was welcomed with warm smiles. I felt so bad when I realized that I didn’t even know them by their first names while they knew everything about my family.
I was there for a whole of 30 minutes and never once I did I feel uncomfortable sitting with them in that shop. They fed me yummy treats and were genuinely interested in my well-being and what I had to say. I told them how fascinated me and my brother were/are about the ghee biscuits that they sold in here and them smiled knowingly. I then told them about my food blog and what i do for a living. It was totally a new concept for them and they listened to me in amazement. Then one of the ladies mentioned that they remembered my mom’s cooking and that my mom would often drop off some food for them. Then went on to say how much they loved her food and that they still prepare sambhar the way my mom told them. I had no idea about all this. Mom had never mentioned this to us. When I finally got up to leave, the oldest member of their household called me close to her. I bent down to listen to what she had to say. Hearing what she said next made my eyes moist.
She told me that she loved my mom and just for her sake, wanted to share with me their family recipe of Ghee biscuits. She also said that I should put this recipe on my TV (her understanding of computer and internet). While I didn’t want the recipe as I didn’t feel it was right, seeing her insist, I gave in. When I looking for recipes to make this Christmas, I thought of this recipe and decided to feature it on my blog this holiday season. So here is the process to make these delicious Eggless Whole Wheat Ghee Holiday Cookies! In a mixing bowl add melted ghee. Then add sieved whole wheat flour, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Mix everything together and form a soft dough. Now using a tbsp (using a measuring spoon gives us equal sized cookies), scoop the dough and place it in the baking tray that is lined with parchment paper. Continue the same process for the remaining dough. There is no need to flatten the balls. Preheat the oven at 360 Deg F and then bake these cookies for about 18-20 mins or until the base of the cookies starts to brown. The baking time may vary from oven to oven so keep checking after 10 mins.
Allow it to cool completely and store in air tight containers. They stay good for 2 weeks. Eggless Whole Wheat Ghee Holiday Cookies will melt as soon as you put them in your mouth. They are light, aromatic, crispy and heavenly. I want to dedicate this recipe to that beautiful family near my house who have been running this bakery for generations and were kind enough to share their family recipe with me. If you do try this recipe, please do share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. This will keep me motivated to develop more interesting recipes. Click a pic and post it with the hashtag #cookiliciousveg . I would love to see your pictures on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!
Eggless Whole Wheat Ghee Holiday Cookies
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup melted ghee
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- In a mixing bowl add melted ghee. Then add sieved whole wheat flour, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and salt. Mix everything together and form a soft dough. Now using a tbsp (using a measuring spoon gives us equal sized cookies), scoop the dough and place it in the baking tray that is lined with parchment paper. Continue the same process for the remaining dough. There is no need to flatten the balls. Preheat the oven at 360 Deg F and then bake these cookies for about 18-20 mins or until the base of the cookies starts to brown. The baking time may vary from oven to oven so keep checking after 10 mins.
- Allow it to cool completely and store in air tight containers. They stay good for 2 weeks. Eggless Whole Wheat Ghee Holiday Cookies will melt as soon as you put them in your mouth. They are light, aromatic, crispy and heavenly.
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If cookies or biscuits are your weakness, then I have some wonderful recipes for you. Eggless Kesar Pista Badam Biscuits | Saffron Cashew Almond Cookies, Ferrero Rocher Cookies, Eggless Almond Butter Oats Cookies and Cashew & Condensed Milk Biscuits are some that you can try and enjoy for yourself.