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Lightly spiced with cardamom and rose water these walnut based cookies smell exotic while baking and are a tasty treat. They are great with a cup of Greek coffee or wrapped as a gift.



Middle Eastern Spiced Cookies
Middle Eastern spiced cookies


Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 34 cookies

Ingredients
2 cups walnuts (reserve 1/2 cup to decorate)
2/3 cup caster sugar
3 egg yolks
1 tbsp cardamom
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tbsp rose water

Method
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line 3 baking trays with baking paper.
Place 1 1/2 cups walnuts into a food processor and blend until a crumb is formed.


Middle Eastern Spiced Cookies
The walnut crumb

Add the sugar, egg yolks, cardamom, bicarbonate soda and rose water and blend until combined.


Middle Eastern Spiced Cookies
The cookie mixture is extremely wet when combined

Using wet hands, roll teaspoon sized balls of the cookie dough and place on a baking trays. Allow 5 cm gaps between the balls to allow the cookies to spread.
Press a walnut into the centre. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.


Middle Eastern Spiced Cookies
The walnuts in the centre are great decoration and give a nice crunch

Serve with a cup of tea for a great Middle Eastern treat.


Hot out of the oven and smelling good
Hot out of the oven and smelling good

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Categories
#Middle Eastern cookies
#Walnuts
#Rose water
#Cardamom
#Cookies
#Middle Eastern
#Afternoon tea
#Snack
#Dessert
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