Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Barazek (Middle Eastern Pistachio Sesame Cookies)

My hubby's aunt brought these wonderful cookies back from Australia, and I fell in love with it.
And I found out that they were middle eastern cookies.

I found a recipe on the internet with pictures that matched what I ate because I saw many barazek pictures that didn't look like what I ate.

3 cups sesame seeds
1/2 cups honey

1 1/4 cup ghee (clarified butter)
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
2 cups flour
2 cups sugee (semolina)
1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup chopped pistachios


Mix the sesame seeds and honey.

The dough
Cream ghee, eggs, sugar and salt.
Sift in flour, sugee and baking powder.
Mix well.

1. Take 1/2 tbsp dough.

2. Drop dough onto chopped pistachios that has been placed on a flat plate.Lightly press dough onto pistachios.

3. With the dough sticking on the back of the spoon, drop the dough pistachio nut side up onto the sesame honey mixture.Lightly press the dough

4. Spoon out dough with generous amount of sesame sticking at the bottom.

5. Place dough sesame side up pistachio side down onto baking tray. Lightly press them flat.

6. Bake at 170C for 15 minutes

7. Cool on baking tray for 2 minutes before transfering to wire rack to fully cool down.

Yummy yummy!!


I made this for Chinese New Year. Hub's side of family loved this, my side who were not sesame fans... were just so so about this.

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