In Southeast Asia, freshly baked cookies from bakeries are quite popular and usually, every house has a jar full of them to go with the evening tea. There is one such variety of cookie, called the ‘Zeera Biscuits’ or Cumin Cookies, Zeera in Urdu is for cumin, a classic spice that is very well known and much acknowledged for its numerous health benefits.

Recipe Card




2 cups or 250 gm

½ cup or 125 gm

Icing sugar

1 cup or 125 gm
Egg yolk or half egg beaten



1 tsp
Cumin seeds

1 tbsp


As required


Method of Preparation:

  1. Beat butter and sugar until creamy.
  2. Add egg.
  3. Add sifted flour, cumin, and salt and mix with hands till just combined.
  4. Wrap in plastic and stick in the fridge for about 20 mins.
  5. Roll out the dough on a well-floured surface about 1/8" thick.
  6. Prick with a fork. Cut out with a round cookie cutter and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven at 350F for about 10-15 mins until golden brown.


About the Contributor 

Nadia Tarek

A Software Engineer turned Pastry Chef, Nadia is a graduate in the Professional Patisserie Program from ICCA Dubai with additional certifications in Cake Decoration, Artisan programs such as Chocolate & Bread making to enhance her skills and knowledge in the word of Baking and Patisserie.

Nadia has a baking enterprise that she runs from home and has made over 1000 decorated cakes/cupcakes and dessert tables. She is also a food blogger as well as a You Tuber where she shares her recipes and conducts baking workshops. She has also been featured in Gulf News showcasing her culinary journey.

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