Anise Biscuits ( قرشله). 


Hello everybody.

Woke up to an empty cookie jar this morning, something that rarely happens in our house!

Well though I was busy preparing today’s order which was steak with mushrooms along with mashed potatoes,  lasagna, chicken pie and rocca mushroom and pomegranate salad. I searched my old cookbook for something light and healthy to refill the jar.

Came across this old recipe from a dear aunt, anise biscuits or what we call in Arabic ( قرشله), though they’re always available in all bakeries but homemade ones are definitely different.


Ingredients are very basic and simple, all done in minutes. I wonder why I don’t do them often!

Ingredients and method :

* 4 eggs.

* 1 cup sugar.

* 1 cup vegetable oil ( or half olive oil and half vegetable)

* 1 tsp vanilla.

* 3 tablespoons anise seeds.

* 2 tablespoons sesame seeds.

* 1 tsp baking powder.

* 4 cups flour.

* Beat eggs and sugar well till creamy

* add vanilla, anise seeds and sesame.

* add oil.

* add baking powder and flour.

* Beat all well till dough is smooth.

* you can either shape dough as logs or circles as you wish, I formed it as a log, rolled it in sesame seeds then cut them to one inch circles.

* bake in a medium heated oven for 20 minutes or till bottom is golden.

* roast surface a bit till biscuits are dry and golden.


And since I was in the baking mood, I did some raisin oatmeal cookies, all so yummy 😋

Here’s the recipe but I didn’t use cranberries today:

Ingredients and method:
* 1 egg.
* 1/2 cup  brown  or regular sugar.
* 1/2 cup red currents.
* 1/2 cup raisins.
* 1/2  cup crushed walnuts and almonds.
* 3/4 cup butter.
* 3/4 cup oatmeal.
* 3/4 cup flour.
* 1 tsp baking powder.
* 1 tsp vanilla.
* pinch of salt.
* cinnamon and ginger powder.

* beat butter with sugar till creamy then add egg and vanilla.
* mix all dry ingredients together.
* mix batter with dry ingredients to form a firm dough.
* scoop a small spoonful and line them on an oven tray .
* bake in a medium heated oven for 10-15 minutes.


Sable or Jam Butter Cookies.

Hello everybody.

These ones took me back to my childhood days were they were maybe the only ones available.

Found this nice recipe, loved the yogurt in it guess it did make a difference.

Ingredients and method :
# 3/4 cup butter.
# 2 tablespoons yogurt.
# 1 cup sugar.
# 1 egg
# 1 tsp vanilla.
#1 tsp lemon zest.
# 2 tablespoons cornflour.
# 1 tsp baking powder.
# 2  1/2 cups flour.
#pinch of salt.

#beat butter and sugar well till creamy then add eggs and vanilla.
#add zest and yogurt.
# add all dry ingredients till dough is crumbly.
# knead well till you get a firm dough.
# cover and cool for 30 minutes.
# roll dough in between wax paper or floured surface then use cutters and make any shapes you like.
# bake for 10-13 minutes in a medium heated oven.

#assemble cookies with jam or marmalade.






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