1/2cupUnsalted Butter, at room temperature (little less than 1 stick)
1tbspCumin/ Jeera Seeds
2 - 4tbspsMilk, at room temperature ( just to bring together the dough )
Dry roast cumin seeds till they are crisp and aromatic. This may take 2-3 mins .
Meanwhile ,In a bowl take butter and sugar powder . Whisk / beat well until its creamy and fluffy . It is very important to use butter at room emperature ..otherwise it will not come out nicely .
Once the cumin seeds are roasted nicely , take a rolling pin and crush them coarsely and keep aside.
Preheat the oven at 180c / 350 F for 10 minutes
In a bowl sift all purpose flour.
To that add salt and about 75 % of crushed roasted cumin seeds . We will be using the remaining cumin seeds later while rolling dough .
Now add this maida mix to the beaten butter mix. Add dry ingredient to the wet ingredient in 2- 3 batches and with a help of whisk/ spatula / hand make a dough .If the dough is crumbly add about 2 tbsp of milk. Mix . Add more milk only if the mixture feels dry. if it is still dry then add 2 tablespoons more and mix . It should come together as soft dough but should not be sticky.
Roll to make a smooth medium thick chapati.Sprinkle the remaining cumin seeds and lightly roll it.
Take cookie cutter / sharp lid , dip into dry flour and cut into small biscuits .You can use any shape of size as per your choice. Gather the remaining scrapings, roll out again and repeat the process till the entire dough gets over.
Spread a butter paper on the baking sheet and arrange biscuits over it .
Bake them at 180 c or 350 F for 10 mins.After 10 mins , take out the cookies, set the temperature of the oven to 170 C or 325 F and bake for another 5-7 mins or till the cookies become golden brown . Baking at lower temperature makes the cookies crispy.
Remove the cookies from the oven, allow it to cool completely .Store them in air tight containers and relish !!
If you want you can use 50 : 50 proportion Maida n wheat flour .ie 1/2 cup maida n 1/2 cup wheat flour. but tastes best when made only with maida.
I don't add baking soda to these cookies . If you want can add a pinch .
Always use butter at room temperature.keep it on countertop for min 30 mins before using for making cookie.
if you are reducing the butter quantity , you may have to increase milk quantity .