5-Ingredient Ghee/Oil Cookies | Gnanakatha

Here is a cookie that is so uncomplicated that you could call it foolproof. Perfect for beginners, and as good as any fancy cookie. No creaming, no rolling, bla, bla, bla. Just bang all the ingredients together, roll into balls, bake!

This recipe is from my mum, although I’ve tweaked it a bit to give proper measurements. A classic gnanakatha has to have a domed top with a bit of separation in the middle when broken open. It will be crunchy but soft. Using only ghee will make it softer and using only oil will make it crunchier, but I often use a mix of both.

What are the ingredients needed to make easy ghee cookies?

Yes, there are only 5 ingredients to this recipe! 6, if you count a pinch of salt to be an “ingredient”, but come on. Here’s all that you need.

  • 280g (2 cups) all-purpose flour/maida,
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder,
  • Pinch of salt,
  • 150g (1 1/4 cup) powdered sugar or icing sugar,
  • 1 cup oil or ghee (or a mix of both),
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence,

See notes below for ingredient substitutions.

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How to make Classic Gnanakatha at home?

Just like any other cookie recipe, you will make the cookie dough and then bake it. But, easier than a regular cookie recipe, you don’t have to cream anything or cut out cookies. All you need is a bowl and spoon and you’re good to go.

Simply mix the dry ingredients together, add the wet ingredients in, bring the dough together, form the cookies, and bake – that’s all!

Here’s the step-by-step guide to making ghee/oil cookies at home:

Classic Gnanakatha (Ghee/Oil Cookies)

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Yield: 36 cookies

Step 1: Make the cookie batter.

  • 280g (2 cups) all-purpose flour/maida,
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder,
  • 150g (1 1/4 cup) powdered sugar or icing sugar,
  • 1 cup oil or ghee (or a mix of both),
  • Pinch of salt,
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence,
  1. Preheat an oven to 150° Celsius.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together (sifting optional).
  3. Pour in the wet ingredients and mix with a spoon.
  4. Switch to your hands and bring together until it forms a crumbly dough. The dough should stick together if you squeeze some in your palm.
  5. Using a tablespoon to measure each cookie, roll the dough between your palms to form a smooth ball and then flatten slightly.
  6. Preheat an oven to 150° Celsius and bake for around 15-20 minutes.
  7. Let it cool on the tray before transferring to an airtight container.

Step 2: Bake Cookies.

  1. Bake in a 150° Celsius preheated oven for around 15-20 minutes.
  2. Let the cookies cool on the tray before transferring to an airtight container.

Notes

– You can use about 1/4 tsp of cardamom powder instead of vanilla for a more traditional flavour.
– If you do not have icing sugar, just blend some regular granulated white sugar until it is as fine as possible and sift it before using. But make sure to measure it after it has been powdered.
– Refrigerating the dough for a few minutes can make it easier to handle, but it’s not a must.

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Have you made this recipe? I would love to hear your feedback in the comments below! I would also love to hear your thoughts, questions, or doubts.

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Muzna Noohu

A wife, busy mum of a rambunctious toddler, freelancer, content writer, and food blogger with a passion for sharing my food adventures with everyone else.

3 thoughts on “5-Ingredient Ghee/Oil Cookies | Gnanakatha

  1. Such an easy recipe that even a noob like me could do it 😍.Your blog is my go to place whenever I get the right mood to cook/bake .Keep it up always ❤

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  2. Such an easy recipe that even a noob like me could do it 😍.Your blog is my go to place whenever I get the right mood to cook/bake .Keep it up always ❤

    Like

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