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Tiranga (Tricolor) Cookies – Happy Republic Day!

Wish all my Indian friends and readers a very happy Republic day. I do have fond memories of Republic day from my childhood. If you are bored of reading all my nostalgic notes, please skip this into and proceed to the recipe!! OK, so Republic day is a national holiday in India, which is always a good thing. But, we did go to the school early in the morning for the flag hoisting ceremony. The principal of our school would hoist the flag, we had special performances in the assembly and then the school would distribute sweets to all the students. We used to stay in a defence township and there was a huge ground/stadium within the township. On republic day, the general manager of the Ordnance factory would hoist the flag at the stadium and there used to be an inter school competition (dance, drill and parade). The Saarath stadium. And I was always a participant! So the days before republic day were super fun. We had the dance practice and thus had very few classes as most of the students would participate. It was a group dance competition and we had large groups, really large, even up to 70-80 students!!! The dance practice sessions were so much fun! And then the buying or stitching the costumes, the laughter and giggles, the last minute tension before the performance, I remember everything so vividly! There was such enthusiasm and energy all around. And yes, we would win most (99%) of the times, so it was even more fun!!! Republic day was a day of celebration. But once we finished school, there was nothing much to this day except for the special movies on the TV and the holiday. So this year, just in the spirit of republic day I decided to make these cookies and I call them Tiranga cookies. Tiranga means tricolor in Hindi, and the Indian flag is also fondly called Tiranga (because of the colors).

This is a really simple refrigerator cookie. I have just used the colors that represent the Indian flag, you could use whatever colors you wish to! They are just festive and colorful cookies!!


Unsalted butter – 10 Tbsp
Light brown sugar (packed)- 1/2 cup
White sugar – 1/4 cup
Egg – 1 large
Pure Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
All purpose flour – 2 cups
Baking powder – 1/2 tsp
Baking soda – 1/8 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Orange and green food coloring – a few drops each


  • Cream the butter and sugars in a bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and the vanilla, until incorporated.

Tip: Leave the butter and the egg at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour before starting the process. You must always use room temperature ingredients in baking unless otherwise specified.

  • Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together. Gradually add the flour to the above mixture and mix with a wooden spoon.
  • Divide the dough into three equal portions. Tint one portion orange and one portion green. Leave one portion without any color. Mix in the colors uniformly into each portion.
  • Now roll each portion individually to a 8 by 3 inch rectangle. On a wax paper or parchment paper, place the green rectangle in the bottom. Then the white (color less) rectangle on top of the green and then the orange one on the top. Now gently roll the stack so you get a 9 by 4 inch rectangle. We are rolling here so that the layers don’t separate while baking.
  • Cut this 9 by 4 inch rectangle into two 9 by 2 inch rectangles. Cover these rectangles with plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes or refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 F and place a rack in the middle of the oven.
  • Take out one rectangle at a time, unwrap and cut 1/4th inch slices (cut along the width, so that you get a rectangle that is 2 inches in length). Place the slices cookies on a un-greased baking sheet or a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Cool the cookies on the tray for 3-4 minutes, until they set a little bit. Then gently transfer the cookies to a wire rack and cool to room temperature.
  • Repeat the process with the other log. Remove from fridge and slice only when you are ready to bake. The dough must be cold and hard when you place it on the baking tray.

Store the cooled cookies in an airtight containers.

Aren’t the colors fabulous! Happy Republic Day!!

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