Zeera Cookies

One of the things that I love having while visiting Karachi is the Zeera Cookies or Zeera biscuits as it is referred to over there with a steaming cup of doodh patti (milk tea) Tea time there always leaves me feeling like I'm in an Alice in Wonderland type setting. The cakes, sandwiches, pakoras, tea etc. Every time I visit and it's tea time, my heart soars. I love the way its served. The trolleys of food, the delicate china its served on, the tea cups. I love EVERYTHING about tea time especially the zeera cookies! I knew I just had to recreate that feeling here. I truly feel like these zeera cookies are spot on. Do try them with a hot cup of tea and let me know if you're as enamored with them as I am.


3/4 cup butter

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla ( I use the trader Joes brand)

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt plus a pinch more ( taste your dough before adding the extra pinch)

2 teaspoons zeera ( cumin seed)


In your mixed add the butter and sugar and beat till creamy. Now add in the vanilla and salt and then the flour. Mix well. Now add the zeera (cumin seed) Sprinkle some flour on your silpat or counter top and roll out your dough. Taking a round cookie cutter cut out the cookies in rounds and place on a baking sheet. With a fork poke 3 sets of holes and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Bake at 375 till golden brown, It usually takes me 10-12 minutes. Let it cool for a few minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy! Do take a moment and rate this recipe after you try it and send my your pictures @sliceofgourmet on Instagram. I would love to see your work, XO