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Zeera Biscuit (Cumin Biscuits)

Zeera biscuits are a staple in Pakistani bakeries. They are a sweet savory treat that are best enjoyed with a cup of tea.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 15 mins
Resting Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Pakistani Cuisine, South Asian Cuisine
Servings 16 servings


  • Electric beater
  • Baking sheet


  • 100 grams or 3 ½ oz a little less than 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds lightly roasted
  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt to taste


  • Whisk butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric beater or stand mixer on high speed until fluffy (about 5-7 minutes).
  • Add beaten egg and briefly whisk until well-mixed.
  • Pour in dry ingredients (cumin seeds, flour, baking powder and salt), and mix well with hand to form dough.
  • Rest in fridge for 40 minutes.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Take dough and place on a well-floured surface. With a rolling pin, roll out dough until about ⅕-inch thin. Dust with flour if dough is too sticky.
  • Once flat, cut biscuits with a round cutter (I just used a jar lid) and move to baking sheet.
  • Place on center rack in oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let it cool on wire rack before serving with tea.