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Holiday Cookies

kaakMaking kaak is always a social event for the family members, friends and neighbours to gather during holidays and help each others preparing this traditional dessert.

Holiday cookies or kaak el Eid are baked on special occasions and holidays. Although the recipe and even names differ from one region to another, the taste remains great!

Holiday kaak

Total Servings: 35

Preparation Time: 1 hour


3 ¾ cups of whole-wheat flour

1 ½ cups of white sugar

1 ½ Tbsp. of milk powder

½ tsp of baking powder

1/3 cup of sesame seeds, roasted

¼ tsp of yeast

1 cup of extra virgin olive oil

4 Tbsp. of butter

½ cup of water

¼ tsp of grounded nutmeg

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Preparation Steps:

  1. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, milk, nutmeg, baking powder and yeast
  2. Add the butter and olive oil to the flour mixture
  3. Add the water gradually while kneading with both hands. When the dough becomes smooth and elastic, cover with a moisturized cloth and set aside for 30 minutes
  4. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180⁰C (356⁰F)
  5. Divide the dough into several pieces, then shape them into identical fingers (elongated forms)
  6. Shape the fingers into circles by connecting the ends, and sprinkle with roasted sesame seeds
  7. Arrange the dough circles in a baking tray
  8. Place the tray in the oven and bake for 30 mns.

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