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Sudanese Holiday Cookies

Holiday Cookies are one of the most important traditional rituals in Sudan. These cookies are prepared on several occasions such as “Eid El Fitr”, Christmas and weddings. During the month of Ramadan, women gather after breaking the fast to prepare the cookies for their families. Children also happily participate by transporting the cookies to the bakeries in the neighborhood to be baked.  Holiday Cookies are made according to each family’s culture and its financial ability; and while some use oil, others use margarine or even butter. Cookies can also be filled using cocoa or dates. Powdered sugar is usually used as a topping.

Sugar powdered Sudanese Holiday cookies ©Pinterest

Special locally made molds are used to give these cookies their unique shape.

We would like to thank our friends from the Organization of Vision for Learning and Community Development – Sudan for sharing this recipe.


4 cups of flour

1 cup of vegetable oil

2 tsp of baking powder

2 tsp of Vanilla or Camphor

¼ tsp of Salt

2 cups of powdered sugar

Preparation steps:

  1. In a skillet, heat the oil
  2. Pour the flour in a big bowl and make a whole in the middle
  3. Add the vanilla and all the other ingredients (except for the powdered sugar)
  4. Mix well until the dough becomes smooth and elastic
  5. Shape the dough using the molds and display on a baking tray previously greased with some oil
  6. Place the tray in a heated oven and bake until the cookies are done
  7. Leave to cool then cover with powdered sugar before serving

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