Whole Wheat Cheese Pepper Biscuits

Coursely crushed peppercorns

Coursely crushed peppercorns

Crumbly flour mix..

Crumbly flour mix..


Ready to go in the oven..

Ready to go in the oven..


Some round ones..

Ready to eat..
Ready to eat..

Whole-wheat cheese pepper biscuits

Whole-wheat cheese pepper biscuits

My husband was craving for some savory snacks to go with his 4pm tea; but did not want any of the usual Indian snacks, which are mostly deep-fried or sometimes a bit too spicy. Then I remembered that my friend V had brought me some excellent white and black peppercorns from a recent trip to Kerala; the spice paradise in India. So, I made these for my husband with whole wheat flour (instead of all-purpose flour) to retain some fibre and using very little fat; to make a healthier snack that can be stored for a couple of weeks in an air-tight container. The cheese adds a nice flavor-base to the biscuits and the heat from the pepper compliments the sweetness of the Indian chai.


2 cups whole wheat flour (Atta);

15 white peppercorns;

12-14 black peppercorns;

1 tbsp sesame seeds;

1 ½ tbsp ghee (clarified butter);

200g grated cheese (I used regular processed cheddar cheese);

1 tsp baking powder;

Salt to taste (use sparingly considering cheese is already salty);

2 eggs.


  1. Grind the black and white peppercorns coarsely in a mortar and pestle.
  2. In a mixing bowl; mix together the whole wheat flour, salt, baking powder, sesame seeds and crushed peppercorns uniformly.
  3. Now add the ghee to the flour and rub it in to make a crumbly mixture.
  4. Add the grated cheese to the mixture and mix gently.
  5. Break two eggs into the flour and knead it gently to bring the dough together. Do not work the dough too much.
  6. Rest the dough in a refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
  7. Divide the dough into smaller portions and roll the dough on a flat surface to roughly 1cm thickness.
  8. Cut the dough into desired shapes using a cookie cutter.
  9. Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C for 10-12 minutes.
  10. Allow the biscuits to cool and serve with tea or coffee. Store the rest in an air-tight container.

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This entry was posted on March 4, 2015 by in Recipes and tagged , , , , .
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