Saturday, September 30, 2006

almond cookies

another part of breaking the fast is starting with small cookies or cakes. this recipe for almond cookies is from a [jewish] iraqi friend. it is traditional and generations old. they are redolent of middle eastern flavourings: exotic ground cardamom, deeply scented rose water & beautiful bright green pistachios. she calls these cookies haji badam. there is also another variation using rice flour [also used at passover].

almond cookies

1/2 c almond flour [ground almonds]
1/2 c AP flour
1/3 c sugar
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp almond extract
1/8 - 1/4 tsp cardamom
1 egg
rose water

note: you can probably use orange flower water instead if you don't like rosewater.


preheat oven to 350 F.

place all ingredients except egg, almond extract and rose water in a bowl.

add the beaten egg & almond extract.

stir well with a wooden spoon to make a rough dough.

make a neat ball of dough. be forewarned, this is a somewhat sticky dough.

take approximate tablespoons of dough and measure out 12 even [more or less] portions to make large-marble sized balls.

wet your hands with rose water and make smooth balls. rewet your hands as necessary. place these evenly on the baking sheet and then press a large green pistachio nut [or blanched almond] in the center of each ball.

with fingers moistened again in rosewater, press down slightly to flatten each ball.

bake the cookies for 15 minutes until slightly coloured. remove from oven and let cool.



Anonymous said...

I finally made these! Doubled the recipe. Couldn't find kosher rose water after months of looking so I skipped that but they were still delicious. Yummy!


burekaboy — said...

hey deanna - glad you liked them. they're very, very easy and fast to make. check your email - i sent you something.

chag same'ach to you and yours, also!! hooray for cheesecake :))