Iraqi Date Cookies . ( كليجه عراقيه)

 

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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)

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  • 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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Rock Cookies with White Chocolate.

 

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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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Egyptian Cookies Again.

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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.

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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 cups..it 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.

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 :المقادير:
* 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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Egyptian Date Cookies ( كعك مصري او اساور)

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Hello everybody.

A friend of mine ordered this particular kind if date cookies, called Egyptian ka’ek, we actually call it bracelet cookies cause it’s round.

Got the recipe from my best friend Ruba, cause I never did them before, recipe is very similar to one I once did called Nawa3em but with a slight difference is that you add rose water when you knead them.

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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Oatmeal Date Cookies.

Hello everybody.

My cousin ordered some cookies today, thought I’d try something new or different from the usual ones I make.

After a thorough search last night I found this recipe, I guessed it’ll be a success cause all ingredients are homogeneous and goes along together, oats spices and dates are always harmonious.

Ingredients and method :
# 1 cup butter.
# 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 brown sugar.
# 2 eggs.
# 1 tsp vanilla.
# 1 tsp cinnamon, half tsp cloves, 1/4 nutmeg and a pinch of salt.
# 2 cups flour.
# 2 1/2 cups oatmeal.
# 1 tsp baking powder.

Filling :
2 cups pitted dates.
1 cup water.
1 tablespoon butter.

# beat butter and sugar well till creamy then add eggs and vanilla.
# add spices and salt.
# add flour and baking powder then oatmeal.
# cool in fridge for 30-40 minutes.
# form into small walnut size balls then flatten them a bit.
# bake in a medium heated oven for 10-13 minutes.
# leave to cool.

# meanwhile prepare the filling by heating dates water and butter till smooth.

# assemble each two cookies with date filling and serve.

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Baking Day.

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Hello everybody.

Thursday is cake baking day, did the usual hunting one for my hubby with dried fruits and walnuts and another Samoa Bundt Cake for the boys but without frosting.

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Today’s order was date rolls, all gone thank God 👍

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Toffee Cake with Butterscotch Sauce.

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Hello everybody

No intention at all to do a cake or dessert cause we’re all trying to cut down sugars , at least try, but my mother in-law gave these dates she didn’t like cause they ‘re too sweet so I thought i’d do this cake with them and send her most of it.

 

Recipe is easy so is the cake specially if you eat it with ice cream and sauce.

Ingredients and method:

  • 3 tablespoons butter.
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil.
  • 2/4 cup brown sugar.
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates.
  • 1 tsp baking soda.
  • 1 tablespoon molasses.
  • 2/3 cup boiling water.
  • 3 eggs.
  • 1 tsp vanilla.
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.
  • 2 tsp baking powder.
  • 1 tsp ginger.
  • 1 tsp cinnamon.
  • 1 2/3 wholewheat flour.

* In a deep bowl soak dates,molasses,baking soda,ginger and cinnamon in the boiling water.

*Beat butter,oil and sugar till creamy.

*Add  eggs one at a time at a time then vanilla.

*Add flour and baking powder.

*Add walnuts and date mixture and mix with wooden spoon.

  • bake in a medium heated oven for 40-50 minutes or till done from inside.
  • Cool then serve with ice cream and sauce on top.

 

Butterscotch sauce:

1/2 cup brown sugar.

1 tablespoon butter.

1 pack cream

2 tablespoons maple syrup.

Mix all ingredients together and heat till heat till sugar dissolves then simmer for 2 minutes.

keep warm .

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Spread Ma’roota( مقروطه مد)

Hello everybody.

Plan today was to make date rolls  مقروطه to take them as presents and giveaways but I was caught up in time so a quicker solution was to spread it in the pan as sheets.

Three layers of dough and two of dates, result was very good maybe a bit thick but taste is great.

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Date Rolls.

Hello everybody.

It’s been such a long time since I did these, maybe in Eid Al-Adha meaning seven months now.

  Date Rolls are such a favorable kind of cookies, they have a nice aroma, taste and texture that everyone love, made a small batch for my dear sis to take with her back home next week and hopefully I’ll have time to make her some rock cookies also.

Love you sis

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