Anise Biscuits ( قرشله). 

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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.

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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.

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* 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.

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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.

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* 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.

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Dried Cranberries Raisin Cookies.

Hello everybody.
Back to school and work, house always a mess after the weekend as usual, lots of cleaning and laundry :(
   Cookie jar empty also, thought I’ll make a small batch, got some dried red cranberries yesterday, perfect with raisins, nuts and oat for a healthy cookie dough.

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.

   When I was done Mom and niece came by and brought me some fresh strawberries and sweet Anoud wanted a milkshake. So good with the cookies.
Yummy yummy♡♥♡♥
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Ginger and Chocolate Cookies.

  A crime in our kitchen,  cookie jar has been empty for more than a week. So it’s time to bake some to fill it.
  Made ginger for me and chocolate for the kids. Same ingredients but diffrent flavors.

Ingredients:
* 1 egg.
* 1 cup white sugar or 3/4 brown sugar.
* 3/4 cup butter.
* 1 cup oatmeal.
* 1 small spoon baking powder.
* 1 spoon vanilla.
* 1 spoon ginger powder.
* 1/4 spoon fresh grated ginger.
* pinch of salt
* 1 1/2 cups flour.
For the chocolate flavor:
* substitute ginger with cocoa powder and chocolate chips.

Method:
* mix all ingredients alternatively. Add a bit extra flour if dough is too soft.
* form the dough to a cylinder or log shape with the help of wax paper.
* keep in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
* with a sharp knife cut to slices then place circles on a non greased oven or cookie tray.
* bake for 10-15 minutes or till sides are golden.
* I sprinkled ginger cookies with sugar and caramelized it with a torch. ( optional).
* cool then store in well closed jar or tin.

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