Malay butter biscuits

Malay butter biscuits

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  • Makes 90
  • Easy
  • 30 minutes
  • 12 minutes

"These biscuits are unique in that they contain rolled oats. It’s a recipe that Rita Zahara’s mom customised for Eid and it’s featured in Rita’s cookbook Malay Heritage Cooking. She vows that this has become a staple at Eid in their home and, suffice to say, it’s found its rightful place on my Eid table too." – Cariema Isaacs.


  • 200 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup castor sugar
  • 2 t vanilla essence
  • ¼ cup rolled oats, roughly chopped in a food processor
  • pinch of salt
  • ¾  cup self-raising wheat flour , sifted
  • 1¼ cups cake wheat flour , sifted
  • ½ t baking powder
  • 150 g white chocolate, chopped and melted
  • 1 cup pistachio slivers, lightly roasted in the oven or on the stovetop
  • Gold leaf or gold dust , for decorating (optional)

Cooking Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 160 °C.

2 Line at least two baking trays with baking paper and set aside.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and castor sugar until light and fluffy.

4. Add the vanilla essence, rolled oats, salt, flours and baking powder and mix to form a unified biscuit dough.

5. The dough is very soft and can be shaped using a cookie press gun. Alternatively, roll it out on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of 3–4 mm and use a cookie cutter to shape the biscuits.

6. Arrange the biscuits on the baking trays.

7. Bake for approximately 12 minutes or until the biscuits are golden. The biscuits will be soft while hot, but will harden as they cool.

8. Set aside on a wire rack until cool.

9. Dip the biscuits into the melted chocolate and scatter with pistachio chips. Set aside until the chocolate has set.

10. To create that Eid glitz and glamour, adorn with bits of gold leaf or sprinkle with gold dust.

Extracted from Modern Cape Malay Cooking by Cariema Isaacs. Penguin Random House PHOTOGRAPHER: Turhaan Samodien. R350

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Cariema Isaacs is a South African chef, recipe developer, food stylist and cookbook author based in Dubai.

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