Almond Spice Cookies | Indian Nankhatai

This healthier version of Nankhatai or Eggless Almond Spice Cookies substitutes half the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour and adds almond flour, which bumps up the protein & almond flavor. The cardamom and nutmeg bring this cookie to life with a touch of spice. They make the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian

Almond spice cookies or “Nankhatai” as they are called in India, always bring back childhood memories for me.  My parents used to get Almond Nankhatai from a bakery close to our house.  They were so fresh and fragrant that the whole house used to smell like a cookie jar for a few days.

Nankhatai is best described as an egg-less shortbread cookie, which has many variations.   You can make these cookies sweet with nuts or savory, which often have cumin seeds or peanuts.  They all melt in your mouth and leave you craving for more!

Healthy Twist to a Classic

This is my version of the classic Nankhatai or Almond Spice Cookies.  I made them healthier by substituting half of the All Purpose Flour with Whole Wheat Flour and boosted the almond flavor by replacing some of the flour with Almond Flour (also bumps up the protein).  The cardamom and nutmeg bring this cookie to life with a touch of spice and I add a little semolina to add a crunch.  These cookies make the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee!

Almond spice cookies- eggless almond spice cookies, Almond Nankhatai by Spice Cravings. This healthy version of Nankhatai or Almond Spice Cookies uses mixes in whole wheat flour, and almond flour with the all purpose flour & a bunch of spices. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian

More Indian Desserts to Enjoy

Here are some other Indian desserts that I love to make and my family really enjoys.


Sooji Sheera (Semolina Pudding)
Kesar Badam Halwa, Saffron Almond Pudding by Spice Cravings . #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie #saffron #almond #fudge #halwa #indiancuisine #desserts
Kesar Badam Halwa
Coconut Ladoos
10-Minute Coconut Laddoo
Besan ladoos
Easiest Besan Laddoo
Instant Pot Carrot Burfi or Gajar Burfi or Fudge
Gajar Burfi (Carrot Fudge)
Instant Pot Carrot Halwa Gajar ka Halwa by Spice Cravings. Carrot Halwa or Gajar ka halwa is a dessert from Punjab, in the Indian subcontinent. It's consistency is between a fudge and a pudding. It is made by slow cooking grated carrots with milk and sugar, flavored with cardamom and saffron and garnished with chopped almonds and cashews. A perfect comfort dessert for winters. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty
Gajar ka Halwa
Rice Pudding- Kheer in Instant Pot
Kheer, Rice Pudding
Baked Gujiya by Spice Cravings. Gujiya, or Milk Fudge Turnovers, are a popular dessert made in the northern part of India around the festivals of Holi and Diwali. This recipe is an oven baked version of the traditional deep fried gujiya, which is a sweet dumpling that is made by stuffing pastry dough with sweetened milk fudge (khoya), chopped nuts and coconut flakes and is glazed with a thick sugar syrup. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie
Baked Gujiya
Deep Fried Gujiya, by Spice Cravings. Deep Fried Gujiya, or Milk Fudge Turnovers, are a popular dessert made in the northern part of India around the festivals of Holi and Diwali. It is a deep-fried sweet dumpling that is made by stuffing pastry dough with sweetened milk fudge (khoya), chopped nuts and coconut flakes and is glazed with a thick sugar syrup. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie
Deep Fried Gujiya

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This healthier version of Nankhatai or Eggless Almond Spice Cookies substitutes half the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour and adds almond flour, which bumps up the protein & almond flavor. The cardamom and nutmeg bring this cookie to life with a touch of spice. They make the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian
Indian Nankhatai Cookies | Almond Spice Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

This healthier version of Nankhatai or Eggless Almond Spice Cookies substitutes half the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour and adds almond flour, which bumps up the protein & almond flavor.   The cardamom and nutmeg bring this cookie to life with a touch of spice. They make the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee!

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Indian
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 78 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Sift the all-purpose and whole wheat flours in a bowl and add all dry ingredients. Mix well. Add softened butter to this mix.
  2. Using a hand mixer or a soft spatula mix everything to make a soft dough. If the dough is too hard, add warm milk, a tablespoon at a time, to soften the dough.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 350ºF.  Using a cookie scoop, drop the cookie dough balls on a lined baking sheet, placing them 1.5-2 inches apart.  This gives them room to expand. Bake for 16-18 minutes till they are light golden in color. Cool for 5 minutes and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Baking times may vary from oven to oven. For the first time, put a timer for 16 minutes and check them. They should look slightly soft and chewy.

Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts
Indian Nankhatai Cookies | Almond Spice Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 78 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 46mg 2%
Potassium 36mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.4%
Calcium 1.5%
Iron 1.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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