Kolche Ab-e-Dandaan (melt in your mouth cookies)

Ab-e-dandaan Cookies
  • Yield : 20 cookies
  • Prep Time : 30m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 60m

These melt in your mouth cookies are soft on the outside with a bite on the inside. They are very delectable and delicious. Usually made for the new year, but can be eaten all year round.


  • 1 //2 cups Crisco (solid shortening)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • ground pistachios (garnish)


Step 1

Heat Crisco to warm, not hot. In a mixor, add the warmed Crisco, powdered sugar and cornstarch. Mix well.

Step 2

In a separate bowl, add all-purpose flour, baking powder and cardamom. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and combine with hands for a few minutes.

Step 3

Form into a ball, about the size of your palm, and flatten out to about a 1/2 inch thickness. Put a thumb print in middle. Dough will cracking, but that is okay. At this stage you have to work pretty quickly, because as the Crisco hardens, it will be harder to form into a cookie.

Step 4

Back in a pre-heated oven at 350F for 30 minutes using a parchment paper covered cookie sheet or a silpat.

Step 5

You want the cookie to be a pale white color, not brown.

Step 6

Cool cookies. Once cooled, sprinkle middle with ground pistachios. Cookies are supposed to have a cracked look to them.

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by waheeda on January 18, 2014

    If I didn’t want to use solid shortening, is there a substitute?

  2. posted by Andrea on May 9, 2014

    How much shortening? “1 //2 cups Crisco” is that 1 cup, 2 cups, or 1/2 cup?


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