Karachi Biscuits

Eggless Fruit Biscuits, also known as Karachi Biscuits are popular tea time cookies in India. They are stuffed with tutti frutti (candied dried papaya) and usually enjoyed with a cup of chai!

Karachi Biscuits

We are into the 2nd week of April, time sure does fly! But this time I am not complaining because the weather has been absolutely beautiful. For the last 2 weeks, everyday has been sunny with blue skies, really pleasant and I couldn’t have asked for more. So much sunshine makes me very happy! It’s amazing what good sunshine can do to your mood, isn’t it?

I have been doing a lot of baking lately, well the fact is that I am always baking and yet there are so many recipes that never make it to the blog.Β Sometimes I don’t click pictures because I am just tired and sometimes I forget to note down the ingredients!

But the good thing is that I did remember to note down the recipe for these Karachi Biscuits, which I made sometime back. Karachi biscuits are popular fruit cookies fromΒ India, they have their origin from the city of Hyderabad.

These eggless cookies which are filled with tutti frutti and flavored with pineapple or rose essence. Now you might not know what tutti frutti is! It’s basically candied dried papaya and is very commonly used in India in baked goods and pastries.

Karachi Bakery Fruit Biscuits

These biscuits always remind me of Diwali, because we used to get several boxes of these as gifts. You know like you have danish butter cookies, same way these tutti frutti cookies are also very popular to give as gifts to friends and family. I always used to finish the entire box of these cookies in no time.

Few days back I spotted tutti frutti at the Indian grocery store here and obviously I couldn’t resist buying them and then making these karachi biscuits. This recipe is pretty simple and straight froward and does not use any leavening agent. These karachi biscuits are little soft when baked but crisp up as they cool down. Enjoy them with a cup of chai!

Karachi Biscuit Recipe

 

Method

In a bowl sift together flour, custard powder, salt and cardamom powder. Set aside.

Using the paddle attachment of your stand mixer or using your hand mixer, beat butter and powdered sugar till creamy and smooth.

Add pineapple essence and mix till well combined.

Karachi Biscuits Recipe-Step-1

Add in the flour and tutti frutti and mix.

Mix in everything together until it comes together as a dough. You may add very little milk if the dough isn’t coming together. I did not use any milk. If using a stand mixer, the dough will come together on it’s down, if you are using a hand mixer, you may need to use your hands to bring it all together.

Divide the dough into 2 equal parts and make logs out of it.

Karachi Biscuits Recipe-Step-2

Wrap the logs with a cling sheet tightly and refrigerate for minimum of 2 hours. I refrigerated mine overnight.

Take out the dough logs after they have chilled and cut into round cookies, around 1/4 inch thick.

Place cookies on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 F degrees for 18-20 minutes.
Karachi Biscuits Recipe-Step-3

Remove from oven and let them cool completely. Store karachi biscuits in an airtight container and enjoy with your chai!

Karachi Biscuit

 

Karachi Biscuits

Eggless Fruit Cookies, also known as Karachi Biscuits are popular tea time Indian cookies!
Course Cookies
Cuisine Indian
Keyword karachi biscuits
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 30 cookies
Author: Manali
5 from 5 votes
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Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour, 195 grams
  • 4 tablespoons custard powder, I used vanilla custard powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, 12 tablespoons, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon pineapple essence
  • 3/4 cup tutti frutti

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a bowl mix together flour, custard powder, salt and cardamom powder. Set aside.
  3. Using the paddle attachment of your stand mixer or using your hand mixer, beat butter and powdered sugar till creamy and smooth.
  4. Add pineapple essence and mix until well combined.

  5. Add in the flour mix and tutti frutti and mix.

  6. Mix in everything together until it comes together as a dough. You may add very little milk if the dough isn't coming together. I did not use any milk. If using a stand mixer, the dough will come together on it's down, if you are using a hand mixer, you may need to use your hands to bring it all together.

  7. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts and make logs out of it.
  8. Wrap the logs with a cling sheet tightly and refrigerate for minimum of 2 hours. I refrigerated mine overnight.

  9. Take out the dough logs after they have chilled and cut into round cookies, around 1/4 inch thick.
  10. Place cookies on the prepared baking trays lined with parchment paper.
  11. Bake the cookies at 350 F degrees for 18-20 minutes.
  12. Remove from oven and let them cool completely. Store karachi biscuits in an airtight container and enjoy with your chai!

Recipe Notes

The total prep time includes 2 hours of chilling time.

You may use rose essence if you do not have pineapple essence.

Karachi Biscuits

Karachi Biscuits Collage

89 thoughts on “Karachi Biscuits

  1. I have never heard of Karachi biscuits, but that is no surprise.. you are always introducing me to new delicious things, Manali! So thank you for that! These biscuits look wonderful! I mean, they MUST be because they are stuffed with tutti fruitti! YESSSS! Gimme gimme! Cheers, dear!

  2. Few days back my hubby visited to Hyderabad and he brought six pack of karachi biscuit. I had this kind of biscuit for the first time and some of them are still left in my box. I am finishing it slowly so that it shouldn’t be over immidietly. Lol
    But I think now I can finish it of and make this homemade biscuit at home. Thanks for sharing dear!!!

  3. I’ve never heard of these, but anything with a tutti frutti flair is going to do it for me. They sound like the perfect tea pairing!

  4. Hi Manali . ..made these cookies today…only one word …Awesome . ..they are perfectly crispy ….
    I didn’t have pineapple so I substituted the same with white Rose essence… thanks for a perfect recipe….

  5. Hey Manali, long time no “see” πŸ™‚ You look great and so does your blog!

    The biscuits look awesome with all these colours. I never knew thats what these are called “Karachi Biscuits”. have had these in childhood..

    Anyway, bookmarked this recipe now and would try to make them at home. See you around girl πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Anuradha! The temperature in the recipe is mentioned in fahrenheit. 350 fahrenheit is 180 celsius so in your OTG bake at 180 celsius. I hope it’s clear now!

      1. Ohh …thanks Manali…for quick reply… actually I m new in banking..thanks for your help…nice recipe and nice presentation…

          1. Hi Manali thank you for showing a wonderful recipe.. One doubt, when you say refrigerate I assume it’s not in the freezer.. I am gonna try this.. please let me know

          2. Hello Smruthi! Yes it’s not the freezer, you have to put it in the normal refrigerator only till it gets chilled and then you can cut it and bake. Hope that helps!

  6. Hello Manali, Tried these biscuits today and they came out soo yummy and perfect….Thank you soooo much for the simple and nice recipe πŸ™‚ I never tasted these cookies before so was bit nervous before making them but they came out reallly well..I am in love with the taste and texture..Big Thanks Again !!!! πŸ™‚ :*

    1. Hi Madhulika, I live in the US and I used the unsalted butter we get here. You can use amul butter [I don’t know what oral amul butter is!] but it’s salted so in that case don’t add salt in the recipe!

  7. Hii Manali, u r fabulous cook.. I m going to try this kar achi biscuits as they r really my favourite.. Wanna ask one thing I don’t have oven I use microwave for all my dishes n baking.. I have 251 recipe list in my microwave so generally I select the dish n it bake automatically.. Recently I baked chocolate cookies N whole wheat cookies but now problem is this in myist there is no option for kar achi biscuits so which menu I will select I m confused.. I hope u will help me.. Thxx

    1. Hello Noopur! Hmm I really don’t have much experience with microwave baking. Okay tell me, what settings you use for eggless butter cookies, the same should work here hopefully.

  8. Hi Manali, made karachi biscuits using your recipe for the second time.. I just love this recipe ..very easy to follow and awesome results πŸ™‚ I have a question..for how many days the cookies are good to eat and for how many days I can store them at counter and then do I need to refrigerate them or freeze them. Please advice. TIA – Geeta

    1. Hi Geeta! Thanks for making them again πŸ™‚ Hmm good question and I am not sure because they never last that long in my house! But I think they should be okay for weeks in an airtight container at room temperature and maybe more inside the fridge [maybe up to a month?].

    1. Hi Sree, unfortunately no! I mean you can use cornstarch/cornflour in place but vanilla custard powder gives these cookies such a nice flavor! If you have no option, just go for cornstarch and add some vanilla extract. Hope this helps!

  9. Hi Manali
    Thanks for the recipe!
    I wanna try them right away, could I ask you something before that?
    Is powdered sugar the icing sugar or it the normal table sugar in powder form?
    Thanks for going through my query ?

      1. Thanks for the early response dear!
        I have done the dough and used normal sugar in powdered form, have kept it in fridge now!
        Can you suggest if I could do some modifications before baking to revert this blunder?

    1. Hi Shruti, sorry it didn’t work out for you..it’s a rather full-proof recipe so I am surprised it didn’t come out well. Can you please tell me what exactly went wrong? And regarding the baking powder, yeah these cookies do not need any leavening agent..we don’t want them to rise or spread so the recipe works pretty well without any leavening agent.


  10. Hi Manali. D recipie is simple awaome. But one question: 1.5 cup all purpose flour means one and half cup na?. Is der any alternative for butter?

  11. Hi jst tried d recepie today…taste ws prfct but..dnt know it cme out properly….mine is otg oven….150 c ws evn good..but they spreaded nd were lill chewy not crispy…plz help….

    1. hmm they should crisp as they cool down..maybe your oven temperature setting is little off? and you needed to bake at a higher temperature or for a longer period of time?

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