Rich Butter Cookies
Anyone who is a true blue Indian ( and by that I mean who was brought up in India ) will surely be able to relate to Good day Biscuits. I was crazy about those. In India, we know cookies by the name of Biscuits and the Good day brand  was one of the yummiest there is. My dad and me used to compete to get our hands on the biscuits. He especially loved Butter biscuits with cashew biscuits coming close second. So recently, I got these severe urges to taste them and went to my local Indian store. Oh Boy! Was I disappointed. They dint have any.
Rich Butter Cookies
Then I actually drove (about 50-60minutes) to another one far away - imagine that! All this trouble for one packet of biscuits. When I reached the aisle I saw few people already hoarding their carts with the biscuits - of all the days! I literally hurried and thanks to my usual inane habit of checking labels, my eyes caught the expiry date which read Feb-2006. Wait a minute? Is yrs back? I was shell shocked and I saw that all of them were labeled the same and I just saw a bunch of ppl buying it. I turned around to warn them - but most of them were out of the shop except one girl.I went and informed her about it. She gave a shrug and was like yeah its fine. It still tastes good.! So much for my altruistic tendencies!! Anyways - I took the matter in my own hands and made some Butter cookies of my own. This recipe is close enough to the real thing.
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  • Yields: Makes around 15 cookies
  • 6 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • generous 3/4 cup superfine sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup butter at room temp. cut into small pieces
If you want to Bake using Microwave pls refer to these articles:
1) How to Bake in Microwave
2) How to Bake in Microwave Convection Oven

For making Substitutions please refer my handy chart:
1) Baking substitutions
2) Egg Substitutions

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a baking sheet. Mix 1 tbsp of egg yolks with the milk for glaze and set aside. Mix the eggs, sugar and butter and mix them until smooth and creamy.

2. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Make a well and pour the egg mixture and
3. blend to form a sticky dough
4. In a well floured surface, roll out the dough into 1/3 inch thickness
5. and cut into circles using 3 inch cookie cutters.
6. If you are having trouble rolling it out, then divide the dough into small portions, pat them out with your fingertips to the desired thickness
7. and then cut it using cookie cutters.
8. Place them on the baking sheet and brush with the egg glaze.
9. You can make patterns on top and bake them as they are for about 15-20 minutes until golden.
Cool completely and enjoy! This esp tastes heavenly with a glass of milk - try it for yourself. Rich Butter Cookies

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By Tammy Easterling on Jun 4, 2013

Oh my gosh! Awesome-I rolled them in little balls-made a thumbprint and put in homemade peach preserves. They were buttery delicious! Thank you!

By Peter Hamilton on Dec 12, 2012

correct me if im wrong but do these measurements work out as: Flour 250gs. Butter 230gs. suger 100gs.

By Pallavi on Nov 23, 2012

Hi..I am a huge fan of your recipes..easy to make.All purpose flour is not available here,what should I substitute it with? and how much for this recipe? Thank you :)

By soniya jain on Nov 20, 2012

hi dear, what should i do if i want to make this without egg

By Kajal on Aug 20, 2012

These biscuits look yummy. I'll definitely try them. I love good day biscuits. Every single flavour of those and especially the kaju badam :lol:

By chitra on Aug 11, 2012

looks really yummy, my kids love home made things. can i do this on MW with grill and convection suggest

Pls refer my Tips section --DK

By Babitha on Feb 24, 2011

:) Hi... thanks for the wonderful recipe... I was searching for the indian butter biscuits and this came up. I am more than happy to see this recipe cuz my kids love good day biscuits and it's quite hard to get them here!(Oh I miss india a lot) I will be happy if the ingredients are in grams... Makes it easy for me to measure! I am yet to try this... So, tempted to try it right away :-D Thanks again! :wink:

By Ryan McLeod on Jul 31, 2009

just made these! Mmmmm... thanks!

By pontch on Jul 30, 2009

Beautiful pictures and such a delicious cookies Thank you !

By Medhaa on Jul 20, 2009

Ohh I just love Good day biscuits, yup we always check the label for the expiry date, am sure they have it there for a reason.

By arundati on Jul 18, 2009

i love good day cookies.... with the little bits of cashew!! these look fab.... while i dont particularly check expiry dates except for stuff which has a very short best by period... like flaked coconut etc...but this is spooky!! my mom always tells me to check the expiry date and i'd ask her why she thought anyone in their right mind would stock and sell anything beyond the expiry.

By PJ on Jul 18, 2009

I love good daybiscuits but can never find them here even in the Indian store which is a 5 hour drive from my home[and its the 'nearest' store :)].I have seen goods with expired date but no one seems to be bothered except me!!Like Keertana said,people don't mind buying goods with expired dates so the shopkeeper just leaves them on the shelf!!! I usually buy only Indian staples and vegetables from the store - so was not aware of these until I went to buy the biscuits. Many snacks are outdated too! This is such a sad state of affairs!

By renuka on Jul 18, 2009

too...tempting and will check out for egg substitutes and try sure do :) They r not to be missed

By CurryLeaf on Jul 18, 2009

Lovely and I too love Goodday.But I too read labels.So you are not alone

By Parita on Jul 17, 2009

Whoa those are lot of eggs..did it smell eggy? nice click, the cookies look quite delicious and rich, were they crunchy too? I thought so too - I hate egg smell - But surprise oh surprise - it dint at all! And to top it off it dint taste too eggy in taste either - otherwise my cookie jar would not have been as empty as it is now!!!!. They were deliciously crunchy :)

By Cooking With Dia on Jul 17, 2009

Not sure why this came up in a vegan search, but they do look good, I will have to veganize them :) LOL thats surprised me too! I think the word "anti" went missing ;)

By Lubna Karim on Jul 17, 2009

Wow.......simple ingredients.....crunchy cookies.....

By sunita on Jul 17, 2009

Lovely biscuits Dhivs. Btw, I read everything on the wrapper ;-) Now thats a good girl! :) But I guess we are too similar in quite a few things Suni :) Pisceans charm working overtime

By Hema on Jul 16, 2009

I loooove butter cookies rather butter biscuits. I miss them a lot :-(. You have a greatblog and yes, I'm very particular about expiry date and the ingredients in the product I buy. I've to look up for a substitute for eggs and try this recipe :-) Thanks Hema :) Glad to hear that. I will be doing a post on egg substitutes out for them :)

By veggiebelly on Jul 16, 2009

..infact the last pictures looks like good day! yummy!

By Madhuram on Jul 16, 2009

Seriously Dhivi, how can this be? I too baked some butter cookies (without eggs though) yesterday. Mine are called Digestive Biscuits and I baked them for AWED/IAVW-British and my whole wheat event. We too love Good Day biscuits a lot. I definitely look for the expiry date. Once (I think in 2004) what happened was I forgot to check the date in the store after coming home seeing the date and month I thought it has expired, the year did not register in my mind. Dumb me! Then I took to the store and told them that it had expired and to my embarrassment they told me "it's not this year, it's good for another 2 years." We seriously have this telepathy thing going on! This is too much of a coincidence!! Yeah sometimes we are too careful - but better this way than eating something which is to be kept in a museum! :)

By chakhlere on Jul 16, 2009

Hey those cookies look delish!! I always see for the expiry date of any product i buy. I am so paranoid about it that if i find something that is expired, in my Kitchen I literally throw it away. Even if it is 1 day over the date of expiry. How can ppl buy 3 years old product! That is such a big shock to me! That was the same reaction for me too! How could they?

By Cilantro on Jul 16, 2009

I always check for the expiry date, most people are fine with it as you said. Home made cookies looks simply great. I would love to try them soon. Thanks Cilantro :)

By Shri on Jul 16, 2009

Awesome!The pics look like one in Martha Stewart's books;)Gorgeous pics!! Can you see me blushing? :-D

By Divya Vikram on Jul 16, 2009

They look too yummy Dhivya. My next on list!! I know the Indian stores here have expired items as well. I do not know how people buy those things too!! Yeah - I wonder too! :(

By Maria Jose on Jul 16, 2009

Hi First time here. You've got a wonderful blog!! You explain the recipes so well and the pictures are really amazing!! Btw, I too love good day biscuits :) Will come back to browse through all your recipes in detail. Cheers Maria Thanks Maria - am glad you liked my site :)

By Pavani on Jul 16, 2009

Good day biscuits are our household favorite. My son also seem to like them. Luckily we do get relatively fresh packets in the stores here in NJ. Yeah.. I do look for labels and some of the products (jams & pickles) that are on the shelves are way past their prime, but people still buy them. what can we do!!!! yeah- we cant advise anyone!

By roma on Jul 16, 2009

bikkies look crispy ... I always check the label too :-)

By Keerthana on Jul 16, 2009

Butter cookies look great! I too havethe habit of checking the label/expiry date and all the contents before buying anything... well, one of my friend recently visited an asian grocery store and when she found something that had already crossed the expiry date and enquired abt it to the shopkeeper, he told her, 'But Indians dont mind buying expired goods!!!' shucks! Thats indeed embarrassing to be labeled this way!!