Naan Khataai / Indian butter Cookies …


Nan khatai is a popular Indian melt in the mouth , most delicious, delicate and crumbly biscuits. White and cream coloured, these Naan Khataai biscuits are beautifully garnished with crushed pistachios , almonds & cashews.

These Khataai’s can be made with different flavor by adding crushed almonds and or gram flour . These can be garnished with an egg wash glaze, or jam dot or cherries .

Today I am bringing these indian cookies to Angie’s Fiesta Friday to share with all .

For Naan Khataai we will be needing :

Unsalted Butter – 1 stick (1/2 cup, 4 oz) at room temperature OR 1/2 cup Ghee ( clarified butter )
Powdered Sugar – 1/2 cup
Nutmeg Powder – 1/4 tsp
Cardamom Powder – 1/4 tsp
All Purpose Flour (Maida) – 1 cup
Baking Powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – 1/8 tsp


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F .

1. In a mixing bowl, combine powdered sugar (little at a time) with the softened butter until mixture is light and creamy.
2. Add Nutmeg Powder and Cardamom Powder and mix well.
3. In a separate bowl, sift All Purpose Flour with Baking Powder and Salt.
4. Combine Flour mixture (little at a time) with Butter Mixture to form a soft dough.


5. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for 15-20 minutes.
6. Knead dough once again and divide into 12 equal portions.
7. Roll each portion into a smooth ball with no cracks and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax/parchment paper or lightly greased foil. Leave ample space between dough balls.


7. Bake on the middle rack for 22-25 minutes (keep a close eye – nan khatai should remain white).
8. Remove from oven and let the nan khatai cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely



  1. Shelly, these biscuits look so delectable and soft! I just want to pop them all in my mouth right now. I like the spices in this recipe and how you topped them with nuts. So pretty!

  2. Yum!! I think I’ve had these cookies before, the crumbly texture was so, so addictive. Great to know I can make these at home (although that could be dangerous, haha)! 😀

    1. Angie these cookies taste a cross between sugar cookies and shortbread cookies and are very very addictive . I topped them with salty pistachios for that little hint of salt 🙂

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