Crisp, Sweet ‘n’ Salty Butter Biscuits that melt in your mouth with every bite – comes together in less than 20 minutes and all you need is a Hefty® Slider Bag! No whisk, bowl or spatula, which means no cleanup. Unbelievable, right? Well, believe it!
If you grew up in India, you must be quite familiar with Butter Biscuits – for everyone else, when we say biscuits, we’re talking about cookies, but crispier with a bite. They are nothing like the Southern biscuits that’s usually served with fried chicken and gravy.
Usually served with coffee/tea in the evenings, these simple little things really brighten up teatime and helps you power through to dinner time. My favourite butter biscuits come from a tea stall near my mother’s office. She’d bring them home sometimes, and they were just divine! Perfectly crunchy, with roasted peanuts and large granules of undissolved sugar that catches your bite here and there, adding a whole other dimension to the taste.
I’ve forever tried to recreate it, and on one such attempts, discovered this version with a softer ‘crisp – if you know what I mean. It’s still crispy, but once you bite into it, it basically dissolves on your tongue and propels you into buttery heaven. The final sprinkle of sugar and salt create a harmonious balance of flavour, making these butter biscuits the best I’ve ever had – even better than the tea stall version, if I may say so myself!
And that’s not even the best part about these butter biscuits. Here’s why this just might become the best Butter biscuits you’ve ever had:
- No egg and no leavening agents needed (baking soda or baking powder)
- It only needs 5 simple ingredients
- You can make these butter biscuits in a single Hefty® Slider Bag! -> No cleanup!!!
No cleanup whatsoever!
Baking cookies or biscuits usually means that you have to cleanup the measuring cups, a bowl, a spatula, maybe spoons or scoops and whisk among others. This particular butter biscuit comes together with just one quart-sized Hefty® Slider Bag! I don’t even use measuring cups – I place the Hefty® bag on my digital weighing scale, and add each ingredient directly to the bag, calculating the cumulative weights as I go.
Why a Hefty® Slider bag?
Because those suckers are super strong (thanks to the MaxLock® track design!) and cost lesser than Ziploc® bags when comparing the same type of bag (freezer / storage) and size (quart/gallon) of the closest price point! If it can survive air travel and intense baggage abuse on a 24 hour flight, by my account, it can survive anything! They are tough enough that I sometimes wash and reuse them (when appropriate of course), and a single box goes a long way!
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Seal the bag (removing as much air as you can) and start squishing. Have kids at home? Hand it over to them. In about 5 minutes, you’ll see the dough clumping together. Using your fingers or a bench scraper, move all the dough to the bottom of the bag. Snip off a corner and start squeezing about 1 tbsp of dough onto the baking tray. You should get about 12.
Roll each piped dough clump between your palms to make a smooth ball before flattening it with your palms. Use your fingers to even out the discs and don’t worry if they’re not a perfect circle. Too soft to handle? Put it in the fridge for 10 minutes to firm up.
Variation#1: Instead of plain flat discs, you can draw designs or alphabets. Just before snipping the end of the bag, squeeze in an icing tip and pipe away!
Variation #2: Not a fan of piping? Transfer the dough to a clean surface and roll into a sheet. Cut with cookie cutters and transfer to a baking tray.
Sprinkle with salt and sugar. This is optional but it really does add a burst of that sweet and salty flavour to the butter biscuits.
After squeezing, manhandling and scraping with a bench scraper, the bag shows no sign of wear! If I didn’t cut a hole though the bag, I’d probably wash and re-use it!
Now go clean up – meaning, throw away the bag and wash your hands. 🙂 Then all you gotta do is wait. 12-15 minutes later, the butter biscuits are ready to come out of the oven! Let it cool on the pan for about a minute, giving them time to firm up a bit.
Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. You’ll notice that the edges turn golden brown but the rest remain white, and the biscuit does not spread while baking. That makes this a perfect cookie to pipe or cut into shapes, top with frosting and decorate with sprinkles! Considering how easy it was to make these, you’ve now got the time to fancy it up, if you like.
Dip into your coffee and have at it! Seriously, it’s just divine!
Neat, huh???!!! Here are a few more ways that I use a Hefty® Slider Bag in my kitchen:
- It’s my makeshift piping bag – Drop an icing tip into the bag, spoon in the prepared icing/sauce, snip off the edge and pipe away! Hefty® bags can take the pressure without tearing off like others.
2. An Ultra Marinator – Throw all the ingredients into a bag, squish, refrigerate and it’s ready for you whenever you are ready for it. Saves space in the fridge, especially if you are prepping for a party and fridge space is a real zinger!
3. Airtight, strong, Storage (especially for ground spices) – Whenever I go back home to India, I always stock up on homemade masalas, and the safest way to transport them 9,000 miles is by double bagging them in Hefty® Slider bags. Just make sure that the first bag goes into the second bag ‘zipper’ first.
4. Crumb coating or cinnamon sugar dipping – Normally, you’d use a plate/bowl to dip or dunk anything, but this saves the cleanup. Besides, if I have more crumbs or sugar leftover (and nothing got wet), I just seal the bag and use it the next time.
Interesting right? Click here for more awesome tips on how a Hefty® Slider bag can be super handy in your home (besides as storage) including as a Marshmallow shooter!
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