• makrouta
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Makrouta

    I would love to introduce you guys to Makuta, a delicious date filled cookie known for its aromatic anise flavor and delicious sesame topping. This cookie is very similar to Ma’amoul which is a very popular Middle Eastern date filled cookie often served around Eid for Muslims. While Ma’amoul is more delicate and intricate to make, Makrouta is sturdier, less sweet, and easier to produce. It makes for a mouthwatering treat with a warm cup of tea or coffee. I will be sharing with you a recipe that my mom once shared with me for these beautiful and flavorful Makrouta cookies using some of the best products from Ziyad Brand.…

  • barazek
    Dessert

    Barazek (Sesame Seed Cookies)

    Walking down the bazaar (souk) in the Middle East, your eyes will light up with joy. There is just something about the marketplace and how lively it is. One of my favorite memories is stopping by a stand stacked with these thin, crisp, and slightly sweet sesame seed cookies with pistachios. I never was one to like sweets so I assumed that I wouldn’t like these cookies but it was love at first bite. The nuttiness of the pistachios and sesame seeds with the slight hint of sweetness was just perfect for me. I have been wanting to make these for so long but always hesitate thinking no way I…

  • banana pudding
    Dessert

    Magnolia’s Banana Pudding

    So, the last 2 weeks I was in New Jersey visiting my family and one of those days included a trip to the city to roam around. My brother had mentioned how good Magnolia’s banana pudding is so we wanted to get some for dessert in the city but it was closed. The next day, I decided to make it myself because now I was craving it! Here is the recipe with just very minor alterations. This dessert was a hit. You NEED to try it! Ingredients 11 oz. packaged of Vanilla wafer cookies 16 oz. of heavy whipping cream 5 sliced bananas (ripe but not too ripe) 14 oz.…

  • khash khash
    Dessert

    Khash Khash Cake

    Last week my aunt made this cake for a get together and I fell in love. Today, my mom and I recreated this layered dessert for some guests. It always seem to be a hit! Why its name khash khash…I have no idea! Its layered crackers with cream and toasted vermicelli. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we do over here! To watch how to make it, check my highlights on my instagram page! Servings: 15 pieces Total Time: 4.5 hours (4 hours are chill time) Ingredients Approx. 3 cups toasted vermicelli 5.5 oz. Goya Flan package (powder) 2 Cans of Nestle table Cream (7.6 oz can)…

  • basboosah
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Basbooseh (Semolina Cake)

    Hi my lovely friends! For those who don’t know, I’m in New Jersey visiting family for a week. My brother just graduated from Pharmacy school and I wanted to be here for this big moment in his life! Plus, I really missed my family so it has been great to be all together again. On Saturday, we are throwing my brother a huge iftar dinner gathering with all our loved ones. My mom already started making the sweets since they last days perfectly wrapped at room temperature. I knew I had to share with you some of her amazing recipes while I am here, healthy or not. I ran a…

  • 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…

  • granola bars
    Dessert,  Vegan

    Healthy Granola Bars

    Have you ever looked at the nutritional facts on the back of granola and candy bars? There is so much sugar and several ingredients that we probably can’t pronounce. This bar is so much more than just a typical granola bar. The nut butters and cocoa in it make you feel like you are eating something bad…very bad. It isn’t at all though! These are all amazing ingredients that are good for you. Treat your loved ones especially the kiddos to these treats and trust me they will absolutely love them. They don’t taste “healthy” at all. Try for yourself and see 🙂 It is also perfect because it can…

  • macarons
    Dessert

    French Macaron with lemon cream filling

    Let me start out by saying that these were so much fun to make because not only did I get to bake but I also got to paint! These are two of my most favorite things to do. Macarons have been the craze for a while now and it doesn’t seem like it is dying anytime soon. It’s funny because I think I have only tried macarons once in my life till I made this recipe for you all. I would like to think that it tastes and looks pretty darn good. Many are hesitant to attempt making macaron shells because of how delicate and easy it is to simply…

  • choc. cake
    Dessert

    The Ultimate Chocolate Cake

    Who doesn’t like to indulge every now and then in a rich chocolate cake? This cake is extremely moist and perfect for any occasion whether a birthday or the holidays. For those who don’t know, my first love was baking and making cakes in particular. I’ve done it for several years now and it still brings me so much joy. Don’t get my wrong, I love to cook too but there is just something about baking! I’ve used this cake batter to make our family New Year’s cake and it was a hit! I knew that it was a chocolate cake recipe I should share with you especially after making…