Kesar Pista Shortbread Cookies

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These crispy Kesar Pista Shortbread Cookies are loaded with Indian flavors and are perfect for the upcoming festive season. Use my easy recipe to make them at home.

Here are some more homemade cookie recipes: Banana Cookies, Italian Wedding Cookies, Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Almond Cookies.

Kesar pista shortbread cookies served on a plate.
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About Kesar Pista Cookies

Kesar Pista Shortbread Cookies are buttery, delicious, melt-in-mouth cookies loaded with kesar (saffron) and pistachios.

These cookies are eggless and come together in no time using simple ingredients.

Serve them with your evening masala chai and coffee or as snacks for festivals like Diwali and Holi.

These are also great to carry for your travels or road trips, pack for school or office lunch box, or gift as a homemade food gift for friends.

Ingredients

Flour – This recipe uses all-purpose flour (maida).

To make the cookies healthier, you can replace half of the all-purpose with whole wheat flour (atta).

Saffron – Use good quality saffron threads for the best flavor.

Pistachios – Slice the pistachios and add them to the cookies. Avoid using salted pistachios; they won’t work in this recipe.

Butter – Use unsalted cooking butter to make these cookies.

Powdered Sugar – Powder the regular sugar in a grinder and use it in the recipe.

You will also need cardamom powder and dried rose petals.

Pro Tips By Neha

Measure the ingredients correctly for the best result. I use standard cup and spoon measurements to measure my ingredients.

Refrigerating the dough before cutting it into pieces is important for the butter to set well.

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These crispy Kesar Pista Shortbread Cookies are loaded with Indian flavors and are perfect to make for the upcoming festive season.
5 from 1 vote

Kesar Pista Shortbread Cookies Recipe

These crispy Kesar Pista Cookies are loaded with Indian flavors and are perfect to make for the upcoming festive season.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total: 55 minutes
Servings: 20 people

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (250 g, at room temperature)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (200 g)
  • 15-20 strands saffron (soaked in 2 teaspoon milk for 30 minutes)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (maida) (240 g)
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried rose petals
  • 2 tablespoons slivered pistachios
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Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, whisk the softened butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the saffron soaked in milk and whisk again for a minute.
  • Add all-purpose flour, cardamom powder, dried rose petals, and pistachios to the bowl and bring everything together using your hands or a silicon spatula to make a soft dough.
  • If the dough looks dry, then add a tablespoon or two of milk.
  • Divide the dough into half. Roll each half into a tight 10" round or squarish log.
  • Place the logs carefully on a parchment-lined baking tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350℉ (180℃).
  • Cut each log into ⅛-inch thick slices. Shape the pieces using your fingers and arrange them on a parchment-lined baking tray keeping some distance between each piece.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are light golden in color.
  • Let the cookies cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. They will crisp up as they cool.
  • Make all the cookies in the same manner.
  • Store the cooled cookies in an air-tight jar and serve!

Notes

To make the cookies healthier, you can replace half of the all-purpose with whole wheat flour (atta).
Measure the ingredients correctly for the best result. I use standard cup and spoon measures to measure my ingredients.
Refrigerating the dough before cutting it into pieces is important for the butter to set well.

Nutrition

Calories: 157kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 3mg, Potassium: 38mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 291IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 7mg, Iron: 1mg
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