Ka’ab El Ghazal: Egyptian Date Filled Cookies: كعب الغزال

“Ka’ab Alghazal” is an Egyptian Date filled cookie that is also known as “Menin”. It is omnipresent in Egyptian bakeries and is considered a staple cookie to serve with cardamom coffee or mint tea. It has a flaky shell that encases a velvety date filling, spiked with warm spices such as fennel and anise. A true delight to indulge on and to share with others. Roll your sleeves, these cookies are worth baking and trying.

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Mary’s Dukka: The Egyptian Quintessential Spice Blend

Egyptian Dukka (also spelled as dukkah or Duqqah) is a quintessential Egyptian pantry ingredient. Historically, Dukka in Egyptian culture has been associated with humbleness and austerity as it costs almost nothing to make it, in addition to its long lasting shelf life.   Dukka is typically a mix of spices, toasted affordable nuts and seeds, ground […]

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Kahk: National Cookies of Egypt: الكحك المصري

Egyptian Kahk is the synonym of feast in Egypt, as they are the national Egyptian cookies baked to celebrate both Muslim and Christian feasts. These mouthwatering, ghee-rich cookies are filled with either date paste, agameya, or walnuts and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

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Egyptian Petit Four by Marian: Happy Coptic Christmas

Food Blogger Marian Guirguis @marianjoyfulkitchen is sharing at Chez Nermine her recipe of Festive Traditional Egyptian cookies known as Petit Four. Not to confuse them with French Petit Four, these melt-in-your-mouth cookies are close to Western butter cookies.

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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cookies: Giving Ourselves Grace

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cookies is a recipe adapted from the French book: Le Grand Livre Marabout de La Patisserie Facile. It is a rich buttery cookie that comes plain in the original French recipe. My take on these was to half-dip them or drizzle with bitter dark chocolate to cut through the buttery, rich texture. For some crunch, the cookies are sprinkled with some salted peanuts that stud the warm chocolate before it sets! You bite into those cookies and they just burst and then melt in your mouth in a blink of an eye. 

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Cardamom-Date Cookies: Manal Alalem, The Role Model

NON-SPONSORED POST  Older generations of Middle Eastern home cooks, as I knew them, were inarguably gifted, but they seldom wrote down a recipe.  And if they did, it was more likely to be inaccurate.  They tended to mainly rely on memory and skip measurements altogether.  Recipes have been handed down from generation to generation, if […]

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Mrs. Blain’s Cookies: A Tribute to an Exceptional Teacher

“Follow your common sense.  Strike a balance between love and discipline.  One shouldn’t be at the expense of the other. And everything will be just fine”.   These are a few of Mrs. Paulette Blain’s golden words.  Mrs. Blain was my daughter’s kindergarten exemplary teacher. Mrs. Paulette Blain is one of those exceptional creatures who seldom […]

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