Khajur gur/nolen gur or date palm jaggery oats dry fruits cookies.
A totally guilt free healthy cookie for you and your kids to munch and enjoy the delightful taste. Taste of dry fruits and aroma of date palm jaggery or khajur gur/nolen gur makes the cookies heavenly.
Khajur/Khejur/nolen gur or date palm jaggery derived from the sap of date palm tree. Which is collected and cooked for long time and then cool to solidify.
Its famous in Bengal. Well known as patali gur used in many desserts in winter like nolen gur rasgulla, sandesh, paesh or kheer and many more. All are lip-smacking dishes.These delicacies makes my Kolkata visit in winter more enjoyable 🙂
This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is dried fruits.
I have made many desserts with date palm jaggery but never used it in cookies. Poush Sankranti or Makar Sankranti is around the corner. And we use this Jaggery in all the special delicacies on this auspicious occasion. Every year we make gokul pithe, paesh, patisapta, ranga aloor pithe, muger pithe etc on Maker Sankranti or Poush Parbon. I remember my mom spent whole day to make these delicacies. And for us it was a feasting day.
This time I have used this date palm jaggery in cookies for a change. And loved the aroma and taste. I have used homemade fresh butter in it. Wholewheat flour, oats, dry fruits and jaggery makes the cookies healthy too.
Date palm jaggery or khajur gur is the most nutrient rich variety of raw jaggery. Its loaded with vitamins and minerals and an excellent substitute for sugar. Sugar gives you only sweetness and contains no nutrients.
Whereas jaggery is healthy and natural sweetener because its processed without any artificial or chemical ingredient. Iron rich jaggery increases hemoglobin level and treats anemia.
Whole wheat flour or atta – 1 & 1/2 cup
Butter – 1/2 cup
Jaggery or gur – 1/3 cup
Powdered sugar – 1 tablespoon
Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon
Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Raisins – 1 tablespoon chopped
Cashew nuts – 3 tablespoon broken or chopped in small pieces
Almond – 2 tablespoon broken or chopped in small pieces.
Preheat the oven at 180°.
Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper.
Sift flour, baking powder, soda and cardamom powder. If you want you can use all purpose flour/maida instead of wholewheat flour/atta.
Mix butter, grated jaggery and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Beat well. If you don’t have date palm jaggery, you can use traditional cane jaggery too.
Add dry ingredients and chopped dry fruits. You can use any dry fruits of your choice. My son love cashew nuts and don’t like raisins much. So I have used less raisins. Add as per your choice.
Make a semi stiff dough. If your dough is not stiff enough to roll keep the dough in refrigerator for 10 – 15 minutes covered. Or if you feel its not smooth sprinkle little milk.
Roll It with the help of a rolling pin. Roll out into 1/4″ thick. Cut with a cookie cutter. Use any shape of cookie cutter of your choice.
Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 7 – 8 minutes or until the edges becomes light brown. It will be soft in the middle and becomes crisp when cool.
I have turned upside down and bake for 2 – 3 minutes more to bring some colour on other side too.
Let the cookies cool down before serving.
Enjoy the crispy crunchy delicious khajur/nolen gur or date palm jaggery cookies.