June 19


Whole Wheat Cookies without Oven

By Sonia Gupta

June 19, 2016

Eggless, Quick Recipes, Snacks, Sweet, Under 30 minutes, Vegetarian, Whole Wheat

Morning and evening tea without Cookies seems impossible, at least to my husband Amit.

The story rolls backs to when I was not into baking, but my journey to home baking is really exciting.  You will be surprised to know that until 2015 I did not even have an oven for baking. I was contemplating of making cookies but had no clue how to make cookies without oven.

Soon after my child's exams were over, we visited my Mom's place. It is always so refreshing to be back with your Mom. This time my younger was also there and my Mom refreshed our childhood memory by making a Malai Cake.

I became confident that she would know how to bake cookies without oven or microwave. So, I picked her brain and Basics of Baking and experimented with the recipe at home.

Quick Notes

Tin Size

Oven Temp

160 °C

Baking Time

18 min

MW Convection Temp

150 °C

Baking Time

18 min

Demold Instructions


Cooling Time

15 min

PS: Use conversion table to switch recipe between grams and cups.

Eggless Cookies without Oven

So I learned the recipe of how to make cookies in the pressure cooker from my Mom. And trust me it’s a fairly simple and straightforward recipe that each of you can do in no time. I have used tutti frutti in these cookies.

You could be creative and use chocolate chips, walnuts, raisins or dry fruits of your choice.

Baking is heaven, I realized its lot of benefits only after I started baking at home.

Cookies without Oven Recipe

In a mixing bowl add whole wheat flour, organic sugar, baking powder, and ghee. Start mixing all the ingredients until you get a breadcrumb-like texture. Add tutti frutti and 2 tbsp milk to bind the dough.

Quick Tip

Do not knead it else the flour will develop gluten and you will get chewy cookies.

Cover the dough with cling wrap and rest the prepared dough in the refrigerator for 30 min. After 30 minutes, take the dough out from the refrigerator and using a rolling pin roll out it into a sheet of a ¼ inch thickness.

Cookies without oven in a Pressure Cooker or Idli Maker

To make cookies without oven, keep idli maker on a gas stove. Add salt to it and spread it evenly. Close the lid and let it heat on a medium flame for 15 minutes. Grease all the idli trays.

Using a cookie cutter cut cookies out of the rolled sheet.

Place these cookies on idli plates and place the idli stand inside idli maker. Close the lid and let the cookies bake on slow to medium flame.

It took approximately 25- 30 minutes to bake perfect cookies.

Quick Tip

Just keep a watch. The moment edges of the cookies turn brown, switch off the flame.

Place all the baked cookies on a wired rack and let them cool completely.

Your no oven cookies are ready to be served.

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Resting Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Snacks, Tea Time
Cuisine: Baked
Servings: 25 Cookies



  • Mix the whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder in a bowl. Add clarified butter (ghee)
  • Mix everything to get a breadcrumb like texture. Add tutti fruity and milk to bind the dough.
  • Keep the dough in the refrigerator covered with a cling wrap for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes take the dough out of the refrigerator. Roll the dough into a sheet of thickness ¼ inch.
  • Using a cookie cutter, cut the cookies out of it and place these on greased Idli molds.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the idli cooker with salt as a base.
  • Now place the stand, loaded with cookies in an Idli cooker and cover with a lid.
  • Let it bake for 25-30 minutes on a medium to low flame.
  • When edges turn golden, turn off the flame and keep the cookies on a wired rack to cool down.
  • The healthy, delicious Cookies are ready.


  1. Every ingredient in the recipe and its quantity has its own significance. Do not alter them.
  2. This recipe is a tried and tested recipe. Substitute the ingredient/s only at your own risk.
  3. You can adjust the servings of this recipe in the “Recipe Card” and all the ingredients and their measurement will automatically adjust.
  4. To switch between grams and cups, use this “Conversion Chart”.
  5. In Cookies, vegetable oil and butter are not interchangeable. Butter not only provide fat to the cookies but also provide structure. Vegetable oil stays fluid in nature and hence will fail to give structure to your cookies.
  6. Do not knead the dough else it will develop the gluten that will result in soft and chewy cookies.
  7. Do not miss to refrigerate the cookie dough. This will avoid cookies spreading while baking.
  8. I have an Idli maker with 5 trays. To avoid burning off the cookies, I have only used to top 4 trays.
  9. I have used 1 kg of regular cooking salt to make the base in the Idli maker.
  10. The salt can be reused multiple times, hence you can store it.
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Sonia Gupta

About the author

I am a Baking Instructor, Blogger, YouTuber, and Recipe Creator. I love to experiment with my camera tell stories through my pictures.

  • Hi Sonia,

    Thanks for this recipe. Can I replace sugar with dates powder? Will it affect the outcome of cookies? I’m thinking to make cookies for my baby.

    • I haven’t experimented the recipe with date powder so that will be difficult for me to suggest the amount. But in case you have even baked with it, feel free to experiment. The difference will be in crunchiness of the cookies and the colour.

      Happy Baking

  • What can I replace baking powder with. I don’t want to use baking powder as making it for my kid. I know changing ingredients will alter the results but is there anyway I can do away with baking powder?

  • Hi Sonia,
    Can you please tell me how to bake these cookies using a pressure cooker. This is an amazing recipe. I like to taste it.

  • Hello… Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us. Can I use sand instead of salt in the base of the cooker?

    • Dhara,

      Using salt/sand has a purpose. While baking on gas generally we keep opening the lid to check if its baked or not. When we do so, it drops the temperature inside the vessel. But if you are using salt/sand, it helps to maintain the temperature.

      Happy Baking!

  • Hello Mam, tried these cookies. They arey awesome in taste and with right amount of sweetness as everyone likes in my house. Have shared the pic in group also. Thank you for this recipe.🙂

  • Hi sonali
    What should be temp if I bake it in convection?
    Also can I skip tutti fruti?
    Do oven and convection behaves differently at same temp?if yes, then how. Please guide.
    Thanx a ton for all those lovely recipes.

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