These Millet Cookies, crispy from outside and soft from inside, are a healthy treat to go with tea or coffee.

And the best part is that just like Jowar Nan Khatai, even these are gluten-free and do not require any leavening agents, that is neither baking powder nor baking soda.

Millet Cookies

Pearl Millet Cookies

Easy to make

Making Bajra cookies is way easier than rolling a Bajra chapati!

All you need is to have Bajra flour with you, rest everything will be at your place by default, so no special requirement. These are so crunchy and yummy that these will be a regular at your place giving the usual all-purpose cookies a back seat.


I am loving my millet recipes. Each one is coming out too good and is definitely a keeper. I am sure with this pace, wheat and rice usage are going to decline drastically in my pantry. And the best part is that these recipes are appealing to everyone in my family. Hubby, as well as children, are enjoying these and want me to cook more of millets only.

I made these gluten-free cookies using jaggery, figs and other nuts. While making regular cookies, we need to take care that the dough doesn’t get kneaded else gluten would be developed which in turn would make cookies chewy. But no such case in millet cookies as the millet flour itself is gluten-free.


How To Make

To make these Millet cookies, I followed the same method as in my whole wheat choco chip cookies but here, instead of butter, I used Ghee and replaced choco chips with figs and other nuts.

The addition of figs reduced the quantity of jaggery to a great extent.

Nuts added crunchiness and thus came out perfect cookies. I thought of adding dates too but these are not there in my pantry so I couldn’t. If you have then add little dates too.

I tried these cookies both with butter as well as ghee and both came out very well. I tried the first lot in the air fryer only and was very happy. But the second time, I used microwave convection for baking these. You can bake these in whichever mode you are comfortable with.

Pearl Millet Cookies

A Little About Pearl Millet Or Bajra


Benefits Of Pearl Millet


If looking for more Bajra recipes, then I would strongly recommend to try this Pearl Millet Pudding. A unique recipe!


  Step By Step Recipe 

Tip: Always sift jaggery powder before creaming it with ghee.

Bajra Cookies method


cream butter and jaggery


Add rest of the ingredients



form cookies


Millet cookies in microwave oven



keep the cookies on a steel rack to cool completely


Baking In Air Fryer

Millet Cookies In Air Fryer


Millet Cookies In Air Fryer


Baking In Conventional Oven (OTG)


Baking In Kadhai

Please refer to my Nan Khatai recipe for complete details.


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Millet Cookies

Millet Cookies With Jaggery

Easy to make Pearl Millet Cookies With Jaggery & Figs, crispy from outside and soft from inside, are a healthy treat to go with tea or coffee.


My Cup Measures 240 ml

  • 1 Cup Bajra Atta (Pearl Millet Flour)
  • 60 g Ghee Clarified Butter
  • 40 g Jaggery Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Figs Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Mixed Nuts Chopped
  • 1 tsp Milk As need be
  • 1/8 tsp Oil For Greasing Baking Tray


  • Chop figs and nuts to small pieces.
  • In a bowl, take ghee and jaggery powder.
  • Beat it with a wire whisk for 30 to 40 seconds.
  • Add Pearl millet flour, salt, figs and other nuts. Reserve some nuts for topping.
  • Combine everything together. The dough should be crack-free. If need be, add very little milk. I added just 1 teaspoon milk and it was sufficient.
  • Start preheating the oven. I made these in microwave convection at 160 degrees.
  • Form cookies. Take a little dough, roll it between palms and press it lightly. Do not keep the cookies too thick. I got 15 cookies from this much flour.
  • Stick some nuts on it, though optional.
  • Line the baking tray with parchment paper or lightly grease it with oil and place cookies on it.
  • Bake the cookies for 20 to 22 minutes till the cookies change colour from the sides. Besides, your house will be filled with the lovely aroma that itself will give you a signal that these are baked.
  • Take out the tray from the microwave and just keep it as it is for 10 minutes. Cookies will be very hot as well crumbly at this stage. If you try to pick up then they might break. So, let the tray be like this only.
  • After about 10 minutes, lift cookies carefully from the tray, better to use a spatula, and place these on a wire rack or mesh.
  • Let them cool completely.
  • Store these in an airtight container.
  • Serve with love, tea optional.

Baking In Air Fryer

  • Preheat air fryer at 180 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • Place the cookies on the air fryer basket and reduce the temperature to 160 degrees.
  • Air fry for 12 to 15 minutes till cookies change colour and get golden brown.
  • Take out the air fryer basket and wait for 10 minutes.
  • Using a spatula take out the cookies on a wire rack or mesh and let these cool completely.


  1. Use nuts of your choice. i used almonds, cashews and groundnuts. Groundnuts give very good taste, so I recommend using these for sure, if possible.
  2. You can add dates as well.
  3. Ghee can be replaced with butter and jaggery can be replaced with sugar if need be.
  4. If using sugar then grind it to powder form before using.
  5. Always sift jaggery powder to get rid of tiny grits otherwise these will spoil the texture of your cookies.
Keyword Gluten free Cookies, Millet Biscuits

12 Responses

  1. Wow loved this know I am little afraid of baking and usually avoid doing it at home. after reading your post, feeling like to give it a try at home. first want to try wheat flour cookies ( will print from your previous post) and then will try this one. thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow this is an entirely new concept for me- cookies made from bajra! I must try it out as a healthy sweet option!

  3. Bajra cookies! Awesome. These are turned so crunchy and looking tempting. Full points to the idea.

  4. Bajra cookies are something I have never ever tried.
    I usually make bajra roti only with baingan bharta and daal.
    But will surely try this, your pics are appealing.

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