Eggless Custard Cookies aka Custard Shortbread cookies
What are custard cookies? Crisp, delicious, melt in the mouth shortbread based cookies flavored like vanilla pastry cream. Yes, that’s what these custard cookies are! This simple, easy and effortless recipe will give you cookies that taste like vanilla pastry cream. This is an eggless recipe that takes less than 15 minutes to make.
I grew up eating these vanilla shortbread cookies flavored with custard powder and as kids, we use to call them custard cookies! These are eggless and honestly the simplest quickest cookies you will ever make. No special skills necessary and not big issues with melting dough which makes these perfect for kids activities.
As kid, I could make these from start to finish. Just a bowl and spatula to bring all the ingredients together. Then, we’d roll them into balls – place them on the cookie tray – use a fork to mark the top and voila mom would bake them for 10 mins. Of course, I’d claim that I made these cookies so for a while mom would call these Veena’s Custard Cookies. Lol i had the best mom ever!!
What is Custard Powder?
Well, for those of you that do not know custard powder is actually flavored pudding powder which again is actually cornstarch/ cornflour with flavoring and a hint of yellow food color. The flavoring always reminds me of vanilla pastry cream which is originally made with egg yolks, milk, sugar, and cornstarch. So this custard powder when cooked in milk or added as an ingredient in cookies gives you just that same flavor! Makes sense?
One of the most famous brands known is this Birds Custard Powder – I read somewhere that it was created by this scientist called Birds for his wife who was allergic to eggs but he wanted her to still enjoy her desserts! How sweet is that? Lucky to have a husband who loves to so dear.. don’t you think?
Let’s talk ingredients and substitutes (Save/Pin)
- Custard powder – As I said before custard powder is actually cornflour/ cornstarch with vanilla pastry cream flavoring. So if you can’t find custard powder you can just use cornstarch.
- All-Purpose Flour – It’s best to use all-purpose flour rather than any other pastry flour so you have a nice crisp, melt in the mouthfeell.
- Butter – I love a full flavor butter in this recipe but if you want you can use margarine or even vegetable shortening. The Veg Shortening spreads a little more but still taste good.
- Vanilla – Some custard powders do not have vanilla added. But most do so check the back label and add more or omit as necessary
Recipe – Eggless Vanilla Pastry Cream aka Custard Shortbread Cookies (Save/Pin)
Look at how crisp those are? Can you see ?
- Butter – 170 grams (3/4 cup)
- Powder sugar – 65 grams (1/2 cup)
- Custard powder – (65 grams) 1/2 cup
- All-purpose flour – 220 grams
- Baking powder – 1/2 tsp
- Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
- Salt – 1/4 tsp
- Ensure butter is room temperature
- Swift the flour with custard powder, salt, and baking powder
- Cream the butter and powder sugar for just a few seconds.
- Add Vanilla
- Followed by the flour mixture
- Divide the dough into small golf size balls
- Place the balls on a parchment lined a cookie sheet
- Use a fork to flatten and mark the top
- If the cookie dough is too dry and cracking – Add one to two tbsp of water and try again.
- Bake cookies in a preheated oven at 180 C / 360 F for about 10 to 12 minutes
- Cool on a cookie rack completely before you transfer to a cookie jar
- These can be stored for up to 2 weeks.
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Eggless Custard Cookies Aka Custard Shortbread Cookies
Crisp, delicious, melt in the mouth shortbread cookies flavored with vanilla pastry cream. Yup; that's what custard cookies really are! They give you the feel of vanilla pastry cream but these are simple, easy and eggless cookies that take less than 15 minutes to make.
Ingredients - Choose (Metric or US Customary) below
- 170 grams Butter
- 65 grams Powder sugar
- 65 grams Custard powder
- 220 grams All purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp Baking powder
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp Salt
Ensure butter is room temperature
Swift the flour with custard powder, salt, and baking powder
Cream the butter and powder sugar for just a few seconds.
Followed by the flour mixture
Divide the dough into small golf size balls
Place the balls on a parchment lined, cookie sheet
Use a fork to flatten and mark the top
If the cookie dough is too dry and cracking - Add one to two tbsp of water and try again.
Bake cookies in a preheated oven at 180 C / 360 F for about 10 to 12 minutes
Cool on a cookie rack completely before you transfer to a cookie jar
These can be stored for up to 2 weeks.
Love Baking Cookies?
If you like cookies, you may like to check out some of my other cookie recipes like Aquarium cookies, Chocolate Pecan Cookies, my popular Classic Vanilla or Chocolate Sugar Cookies, Linzer Cookies, Almond Linzer Cookies