Karachi Biscuits with Tutti Frutti – The Iconic Recipe Everyone Loves!

My friend Nadee recently shared her popular recipe for Karachi Biscuits, also known as Tutti Frutti Cookies. These cookies are buttery, sweet, and packed with colorful tutti frutti, just like the ones you get from an Indian bakery.

This Karachi Biscuits recipe is very easy to follow and the cookies turn out delicious. Let us dive in and bake these yummy Indian biscuits together!

Check out the recipe video below for step-by-step instructions and helpful tips to make the perfect Karachi Biscuits with Tutti Frutti!

Karachi Biscuits Ingredients

To make Karachi Biscuits, you will need a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen: room-temperature butter, powdered sugar, all-purpose flour, vanilla custard powder, a pinch of salt, baking powder, baking soda, and chopped cashews. These come together to make a rich, buttery base for the biscuits.

Karachi biscuits ingredients

One unique ingredient in this recipe is pineapple extract. It adds a subtle fruity aroma and boosts the overall flavor. If you do not have pineapple extract, you can use vanilla extract or a splash of pineapple juice instead.

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Vanilla custard powder is a key ingredient that gives Karachi Biscuits their smooth texture and subtle vanilla flavor. If you do not have it, do not worry—you can mix cornstarch with vanilla extract as a substitute. This combination will still provide a similar texture and flavor, so your biscuits will turn out delicious.

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What really makes these biscuits stand out is the tutti frutti. These are small, colorful candied fruit pieces that add a burst of sweetness and a chewy texture.

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Tutti frutti is usually made from raw papaya or other fruits soaked in sugar syrup and then dyed in bright colors, giving Karachi Biscuits their signature look and taste.

If you enjoyed this recipe for Karachi Biscuits with Tutti Frutti, you should also try making Nankhatai shortbread cookies here.

Karachi Biscuits Recipe With Tutti Frutti

Recipe by Jen Evansy
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Course: DessertCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy


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These Karachi Biscuits, also known as Tutti Frutti Cookies, are sweet, buttery treats filled with colorful bits of tutti frutti and crunchy cashews. They’re simple to make and taste just like the ones you’d find in an Indian bakery. Perfect for sharing with family and friends, these cookies are sure to brighten up any occasion!

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  • 1/2 cup (115 grams) butter, room temperature

  • 1/2 cup (60 grams) powdered sugar

  • 1 cup (120 grams) all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup (30 grams) vanilla custard powder

  • Pinch of salt

  • 1/2 tsp (2 grams) baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp (1 gram) baking soda

  • 1/3 cup (55 grams) tutti frutti

  • 2 tbsp (20 grams) chopped cashews

  • A few drops of pineapple extract


  • Cream Butter and Sugar: In a mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup (115 grams) of room-temperature butter and 1/2 cup (60 grams) of powdered sugar. Mix until light and fluffy, which takes about 3–4 minutes with an electric mixer or a bit longer if mixing by hand.
  • Sift Dry Ingredients: Sift together 1 cup (120 grams) of all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup (30 grams) of vanilla custard powder, a pinch of salt, 1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) of baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) of baking soda. This ensures the biscuits stay light and airy.Sift the Dry Ingredients
  • Combine Ingredients: Gently mix the sifted dry ingredients into the butter and sugar mixture until just combined. Be careful not to overmix to avoid making the cookies tough.Combine the Ingredients
  • Add Mix-ins: Stir in 1/3 cup (55 grams) of tutti frutti, 2 tablespoons (20 grams) of chopped cashews, and a few drops of pineapple extract until the dough is well mixed and holds together.Add Mix-ins
  • Shape the Dough: Shape the dough into a log approximately 2.5 inches thick and 3 inches wide. Wrap the log in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes until firm.
  • Slice the Biscuits: Once the dough is firm, remove it from the fridge and unwrap it. Slice the log into 1/2-inch-thick biscuits using a sharp knife.
  • Bake: Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Place the biscuits on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving space between each one for spreading.

    Bake for 12–15 minutes, or until the edges turn golden and the kitchen smells like a bakery.Bake the biscuits
  • Cool: Let the biscuits cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack to cool completely.Cool the biscuits

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  • Softening Butter: Ensure the butter is at room temperature before you start. Softened butter creams better with sugar, resulting in a lighter and fluffier mixture. To quickly soften butter, cut it into small pieces and let it sit out for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Even Slicing: For uniform biscuits, use a ruler to measure and mark even slices on the dough log before cutting. This helps ensure all cookies bake evenly, resulting in consistent texture and doneness.
  • Chilling the Dough: Chilling the dough is crucial as it helps the biscuits maintain their shape during baking. If the dough feels too soft or sticky after mixing, extend the chilling time to 45 minutes or until it is firm enough to slice cleanly.
  • Customizing Flavors: Feel free to experiment with different extracts to customize the flavor of your Karachi Biscuits. Almond, rose, or even cardamom extracts can provide unique and delightful variations.
  • Storing Biscuits: Store the baked biscuits in an airtight container at room temperature. They can stay fresh for up to a week. For longer storage, consider freezing the dough log and slicing and baking the biscuits as needed.

Nutrition Facts

  • Total number of serves: 20
  • Calories: 75kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 8.5g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fat: 4.5g

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Storing Your Karachi Biscuits

To keep your Karachi Biscuits fresh and tasty, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. They will stay delicious for up to two weeks. If you want to keep them longer, you can refrigerate them for up to a month or freeze them for up to three months. When you are ready to enjoy them again, let the frozen biscuits come to room temperature or warm them in the oven at 300°F (150°C) for 5-7 minutes for that freshly baked taste.

Share Your Experience and Questions!

Thanks for reading! Have you tried making these Karachi Biscuits? I would love to hear how they turned out for you!

If you have any questions about the recipe or need any tips, please leave a comment below. Share your thoughts, and any changes you made, or just let me know how much you enjoyed these cookies. Your feedback is always welcome!

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About Jen Evansy

Nutritionist, researcher, avid home cook, and writer interested in everything nutrition and food-related. Striving to inform, encourage, and inspire all the readers to make healthy and informed choices when it comes to cooking, food, diet, and nutrition.