• anise biscotti
    Dessert

    Anise Biscotti

    My mom would always make these cookies around this time of year. Anise is such a warm spice that it carries well in cookies and especially when enjoyed with some coffee or tea. These are super popular in the Middle East too. They go by the name Kirshalleh. I hope you enjoy this simple recipe from my mama! Ingredients 4 eggs 1 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla flavor 3 cups flour 2-3 tbsp anise seeds 1 tbsp ground anise (optional) (more anise flavor) 1 cup vegetable oil 1 tbsp baking powder Pinch of salt Instructions Preheat oven to 375 F. Beat together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Then mix in…

  • lemon chia cookies
    Dairy Free,  Dessert,  Gluten Free,  Vegan

    Vegan & Gluten Free Glazed Lemon Chia Cookies

    Hey friends! I have been meaning to make a dessert with lemon for a long time. I am obsessed with the refreshing flavor lemon always brings whether sweet or savory. These cookies are light, soft and chewy and full of lemon and chia! Chia seeds are really healthy for you; they are full of omega 3 fatty acids and other nutrients. These healthier version cookies are gluten-free and vegan-friendly with no refined sugar! You already know I was munching on these as soon as I topped them with that tangy glaze. Can’t wait for you to try these!! They are a hit that you do not want to miss. Servings:…

  • chocolate chip tahini cookies
    Dessert

    Chocolate Chip Tahini Cookies

    Ever mix in Tahini (sesame seed paste) into your cookie batter? If not, you got to try it! It adds a slightly nutty flavor profile to the cookie but doesn’t mask the flavor of all that chocolate goodness. Tahini is an amazing ingredient, it literally works so well in many recipes adding a nutty creamy flavor and texture. It is also vegan and dairy free making it an awesome substitute for other things. I made these cookies the other day for my sister in law’s birthday and they were a hit! Chocolate chip cookies are a comfort food/dessert in our house. I don’t make them often but every now and then…

  • ma3moul
    Appetizers,  Dessert,  Ramadan

    Maamoul Date Cookies

    Hi my lovely friends! We are half way through Ramadan; I cant believe how quick the time has flown. Eid is just 2 weeks away! I knew I had to get my mama’s maamoul (Eid cookies) recipe out to you guys just in time to make for our beloved holiday. There are MANY variations to making this cookie. Some recipes call for semolina flour; some for both flour and semolina but this one is just flour. There are several ingredients that may have you asking what in the world is that? Don’t worry, you can find them all at your local Arabic store for sure. They add great flavor and…

  • pistachio ghoraibeh
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Pistachio Ghoraybeh Thumbprint Cookies (Middle Eastern Shortbread)

    Hi friends! Hope you are all well. I’m super excited to share this Middle Eastern American hybrid of a cookie. This is one of the prettiest cookies to make in no time at all. It couldn’t be more simple to do too! It takes 5 ingredients and just a few steps to create absolute deliciousness! My mom loves to bake and she would often make ghoraybeh, which is a Middle Eastern shortbread. Often, it is just topped with one pistachio for decoration. I decided to incorporate crushed toasted pistachios into the cookie itself to really bring out the flavor of pistachio which I have been recently loving! I took another…

  • chocolate coffee cookies
    Dessert

    Chocolate Coffee Cookies

    Hey guys! Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday! So, my brother is in town for a good month on his rotations for pharmacy school, which is awesome because I’ve been missing my family since I moved away. His co workers at the pharmacy requested these cookies and I thought heck, why not share it with all of you! I don’t know if you guys know this but coffee and chocolate are two peas in a pod! The flavor profiles work amazingly together. If you love coffee and chocolate then this is the cookie for you without a doubt. It’s gooey and chewy; the perfect cheat treat!   Ingredients 1…