Sesame Cookies/Barazek


Sesame Cookies – Barazek

Sesame Cookies – Barazek

These irresistible little cookies are Ramadan favorites throughout the Middle East—but they are also gobbled up throughout the year.


– 1 c. sesame seeds

– 2 tbsp. honey

– ¾ c. sugar

– ¾ c. (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened

– 2½ c. flour

– ½ tsp. baking powder

– Dash salt

– ½ to ¾ c. water or milk

– 2 tbsp. pistachios, chopped


Step 1:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets.

Step 2:
Place sesame seeds in a skillet over medium heat and cook, stirring often, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer seeds to a medium mixing bowl and combine with honey.* Mix well, adding a tbsp. or so of water if the mixture is too dry and sticky to stir easily, and set aside.

Step 3:
In a large mixing bowl, cream sugar and butter together. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Using your hands, blend well, adding enough water or milk to make a soft, smooth dough.

Step 4:
Form dough into walnut-sized balls. Dip one side of a ball into pistachios. Place on a greased baking sheet, pistachio-side down. Use the flat bottom of a water glass dipped in flour to flatten the ball. Sprinkle with sesame seed mixture, pressing with glass so seeds stick firmly. Repeat with remaining dough and sesame seeds.

Step 5:
Bake 15 to 20 minutes.

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