Iraqi Date Cookies . ( كليجه عراقيه)



Hello everybody.

Sorry for the absence the last couple of days, too busy and no new recipes done but today after I finished an order of Egyptian  cookies and had some dates left extra so I thought I’d makes these  super easy cookie recipe for you , Iraqi date cookies which is known as Kleijja (كليجه)

I’m sure this is not the only recipe cause it’s a traditional dessert so each lady will add her touch to it, took this one from a beautiful auntie cause it’s very basic,light and easy to do.


Ingredients and method:

  • 3 cups flour ( 3 كوب طحين)
  • 1 cup vegetable oil ( كوب زيت نباتي)
  •  tsp baking powder ( ملعقه صغيره باكينغ باودر)
  • pinch of salt (رشه ملح)
  • 3/4 or 1 cup water. ( كوب او اقل ماء)
  • pitted dates.( I added a bit of cardamon and nutmeg)


  • Mix flour , salt,baking powder very well ( some prefer to use a sieve so as mixing will be better).
  • add oil and rub it with flour till crumbly.
  • add water and knead well till you get a smooth easy to handle dough.
  • add some oil to the dates for easier handling, original recipe requires heating dates with some oil till it softens but I skipped this step
  • form same size  small balls of dough and dates then fill dough with date and close well.
  • flatten cookies a bit then cut  a bit on sides with knife or scissors.
  • heat the oven then lower it to medium and bake cookies for 15-20 minutes or till bottoms are golden.
  • brush the surface with a bit of egg wash and roast till golden as well .


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End result looked and tasted very good, test will be tomorrow from the experts at lunch !


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Corn Chicken Soup.


Hello everybody.

Woke up with a terrible flu,headache and fever that shouts out for hot drinks and soup.

I boiled some chicken with whole onion, carrot and seasoning ( cinnamon stick, pepper kernels, cardamom and bay leaf)  with the intention to make chicken vegetable soup but then I switched to corn and cream cause kids prefer it I’m sure.

Ingredients and method:

*one small onion finely chopped.
* 1 cup corn.
* some cooked chopped chicken pieces.
* 2 tablespoons butter.
* 3 tablespoons flour.
* 4 cups chicken broth.
* 1 cup fresh cream.
* salt,pepper and a pinch of nutmeg.

* heat butter then saute onions.
* add flour and whisk well.
* add broth and keep whisking or you can use hand blender if you got clots.
* add corn and chicken.
* season and leave to simmer for 20-25 minutes.


Serve with sticks or garlic bread.



Today’s order was a special request for my beloved niece, Sable cookies and simple cake and I made another one with Sativa sugar for us.

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Persian Walnut Cookies.


Hello everybody.

As always I like to try a new recipe,it’s becoming like a weekly challenge for me. Today’s trial was an interesting cookie one from the Persian cuisine.

Ingredients can give you a hint that it’s delicious, all nutty and aromatic but next time I’ll make them a bit smaller cause they spread well when baked.

Ingredients and method:

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* 1 1/2 cups crushed walnuts.
* 3/4 cup sugar.
* 3 egg yolks.
*  1 tablespoon rose water.
* 1 tsp cardamom.
*  1 tsp vanilla.
* 1 tsp baking powder.
* pinch of salt.
* 1 extra egg yolk plus one tablespoon water.
* extra whole walnuts for garnish.


* Beat eggs, vanilla, cardamom, sugar well.
* add walnuts,rose water, baking powder and salt.
* dough will be sticky so use two spoons to scoop small amount on baking tray layered with wax paper.
* put a walnut on each cookie then brush with egg water mixture ( I think I’ll skip this next time maybe)
* bake in a medium heated oven (180 c) for 15-20 minutes only or till edges are brownish.


Note: cookies will be soft when hot but don’t worry they’ll harden later on.

Store in a closed jar later, they great with coffee or tea,rich in flavor and extremely delicious.









Baking Cookies Again.


Hello everybody.

Cookies order today, it’s been a while since I baked so many of them specially the crinkles.

Made chocolate crinkles but jumbo size, rock cookies and coconut orange ones.


All so yummy, love making these cute things 💝💝





Red Velvet Chocolate Cookies.


Hello everybody.

Second attempt to make something nice for Valentine’s day, this time a velvety full of chocolate cookies.

Found this recipe on my favorite application Pinterest, only thing I altered was that I used Toblerone dark chocolate chunks instead of the usual chocolate chips, taste is amazing specially that it’s moist and crunchy.

Ingredients and method :

* 1 egg.
* 3/4 cup brown sugar.
* 1/4 cup sugar.
* 1/2 cup butter.
* 1 tsp vanilla.
* 1 1/2 tsp red food coloring.
* 1/4 cup cocoa powder.
* 1 1/2 plus 1 tablespoon flour.
* 1/2 tsp baking soda.

*1 tablespoon milk.
* 1 cup chocolate chips ( I used crushed dark Toblerone)

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* beat butter and sugar well till creamy then add egg,vanilla and food coloring.
* add all dry ingredients and mix well.
* fold in chocolate chips.

* keep the dough in the fridge for 3-4 hours, it’s very important to cool it very well so as not to stick in your hands.
* form dough into medium sized balls then bake for 10-13 minutes in a medium heated oven.
* leave to cool completely before handling.


Happy Valentine’s everybody 💝💝






Fig Newtons.


Hello everybody.

Cold rainy day with expected snow this evening, since I have leftovers and only made lentil soup to go along with weather conditions I made this new healthy recipe.

Fig Newtons  are traditional Italian cookies made from dried figs, they’re a very good source of fibers and nutrients specially during Winter times.


Ingredients and method :


* 3/4 cup butter.
* 1/4 cup sugar.
* 1 egg.
* 1 tablespoon orange zest.
* 1 3/4   to 2 cups flour.
* 1 tsp vanilla.
* 1 tablespoon cold water.
* pinch of salt.

Filing :
* 1 cup dried figs chopped to medium sized chunks.
* 1 cup water.
* 1 cup apple or orange juice.
* 1/2 cup crushed walnuts.

* mix and knead dough ingredients till you get a firm soft ball.
* keep wrapped with nylon in the fridge.
* meanwhile boil figs with water and juice then leave to simmer for one hour, figs will sticky and tender.
* may figs till they’re like a paste then add walnuts.
* cool completely.
* on a floured surface roll dough  then cut into similar shaped rectangles.
* fill each piece with the filling then close it all over.
* cut to small pieces then line all cookies on a floured pan.
* bake in a medium heated oven for 20-25 minutes or till golden from sides.

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Rock Cookies with White Chocolate.



Hello everybody.

Today’s order was for a friend of mine, date rolls and rock cookies but with a twist this time .


I have some white baking chocolate so a crushed them into big chunks and added them to the classic rock cookies batter, increased cranberries also cause both ingredients works well together I presume.

Result was super yummy .

ingredients and method of rock cookies:

* 2 eggs.

* 1 cup sugar or 3/4 brown sugar.

* 3 big spoons butter.

* 1 cup mixed nuts ( walnuts,almonds,pistachios,hazelnuts)

* 1/2 cup raisins ( you can add dried cranberries also)

* 1 tsp cinnamon,pinch of cloves,cardamom and nutmeg.

* vanilla,1 tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt.

* 2 cups flour.

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* mix eggs,sugar and butter till creamy.

* toast nuts in the oven for 10 minutes then crush them.

* add nuts and raisins to flour,baking powder and salt then add egg mixture.

* mix very well with wooden spoon till you have a not too soft nor tough dough.

* make spoonfuls of the dough on a baking pan,size of a small ball.

* bake in a medium heated oven for 10-13 minutes or till edges are golden.

* store in a well sealed jar or tin.

Enjoy :)

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Hello everybody.
Tried a new recipe today, loved its name “Broockies ” meaning it’s a mix of both brownies and chocolate chip cookies.

Recipe needed some adjustments specially the chocolates chip dough, it was so soft and flattened when baked, good thing I did one as test first.

End result was really good after adding more flour, I may decrease butter amount next time.

Ingredients and method :
Brownies dough :

  • 10 tablespoons butter.
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar.
  • 2/3 cup sugar.
  • 1 egg and one egg yolk.
  • 1 tsp vanilla.
  • 1 1/4 cups flour.
  • 1/2 cup cocoa.
  • 1 tsp baking powder.
  • beat butter  and sugar till creamy then add other ingredients till you get a stiff dough.
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Chocolate chip cookie dough.

  • 10 tablespoons butter.
  • 1 cup sugar.
  • 1 large egg plus one yolk.
  • 1 tsp vanilla.
  • 2 1/2 cups flour.
  • 1 tsp baking powder.
  • 1 cup chocolate chips.
  • Beat sugar and butter till creamy then add whisked eggs and other dry ingredients.
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Make a small ball of each dough then press them gently together to form a cookie shape then line on baking sheet or parchment paper.


Bake in  a medium heated oven for 8-10 minutes.

leave to cool then store in a well closed jar.







Egyptian Cookies Again.


Hello everybody.

Actually order is for tomorrow but I usually like to make cookies a day before cause they are more tender the next day. Kind of settle down and flavor is much better.

Here’s the ingredients again :

Ingredients and method :
# 2 cups fine semolina.
# 4 cups flour.
# 2 cups butter or ghee ( I used 1/2 ghee, 1 butter and 1/2 vegetable oil)
# 1 tablespoon anise powder.
# 1 teaspoon fennel powder.
# 1 tsp special cookie spice (كلفه كعك)

#1/2 tsp mihleb

#1/4 tsp mistaka.

#2 tablespoons sesame seeds.
#1/2 cup sugar.
# 1 tsp instant yeast dissolved in 1 tablespoon sugar and a cup of warm water.
# 2 tablespoons rose water.

# pitted dates mixed with cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and anise powders.

# Heat butter then mix with semolina, flour and all spices very well till crumbly.
# leave for 2-3 hours or better overnight till all butter is well absorbed.
# add frothy yeast and water and mix all well.
# add rose water and knead all together.

# start working right away by stuffing small portions of dough with dates and shape them in the molds.

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Another Date Rolls Baking Day.


Hello everybody.

Another day of baking, date rolls are a favorite to many. They’re actually really yummy and healthy.

I’ll post ingredients and method again :

Ingredients and method:
* 5 cups flour
* 4 cups whole wheat flour (طحين اسمر ).
* 1 cup vegetable oil.
* 1 cup olive oil.
* 1 cup margarine or ghee.
* seeded and ground dates (2-3 packs).
* 1/2 cup sugar.
* 1 tsp sodium bicarbonate.
* 2 big spoons ground anise (يانسون ).
* 1 big spoon ground fennel (شومر ).
* 1 big spoon cinnamon.
* 2-3 spoons sesame seeds and black seeds ( سسمسم وقزحه ).
* 1 small spoon mahaleb (محلب )
* mix all oils and spices with flour well till it forms crumbles and leave overnight so as flour absorbs all oils and essences.

* to the dates add olive oil, cinnamon, anise powder, nutmeg, cardamom . A little sprinkle just to add some flavor.

* add warm water to flour enough to make a dough 1-2 must be easy to handle not hard nor soft.
* cut dough and dates to four portions.
* roll one part of dough to a big  thin rectangle between nylons.
* roll dates all to same size rectangle between wax paper or nylon.
* place date over dough and cut unorganized edges.
* roll dough and dates together 3 or 4 rolls.
* cut to 1 inch slices then pat with your hand to flatten them a bit.
* with a sharp knife cut surface to small lines.
* bake in a medium heated oven till bottoms are golden and then toast surface a bit.
* store in a cookie jar or well sealed box.


* 5 كاسات طحين ابيض
4 كاسات طحين اسمر
* 1 كوب زيت نباتي
* 1 كوب زيت زيتون
* 1 كوب سمنه او زبده
* 2-3 باكيت تمر مطحون

* 1/2 كوب سكر

* .1 ملعقه صغيره بايكربونات
* يانسون 2 ملعقه كبيره يانسون مطحون
.1 ملعقه كبيره شومر مطحون
* .1 ملعقه كبيره قرفه
* 2-3  ملعقه كبيره سسمسم وقزحه
* 1محلب ملعقه صغيره
*     تخلط جميع المقادير مع بعض جيدا قبل بليله او على الاقل 4-5 ساعات ما عدا التمر طبعا ويفرك الطحين جيدا بالزيت والسمنه

*( يرش التمر ياليانسون والفرقه والهيل ويفرد بين نايلون ويرق ليصبح طبقه رقيقه جدا( استعيني بزيت الزيتون على النليلون حتى لا يلزق التمر

* يضاف ماء فاتر بالتريج الى العجينه حتى تصبح متماسكه وطريه

* ترق العجينه بنفس طريقه التمر بين النايلون

* (توضع طبفه التمر فوق العجينه برفق وتلف رول (لفتين  فقط

* تقطع الرول الى قطع صغيره وتصف في الصواني

* يزين الوجه بواسطه سكين

* تشوى في فرن متوسط الحراره حتى تحمر

* تحفظ في علب محكمه حتى لا تنشف




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