• Hilbeh
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Hilbeh (Fenugreek seed Semolina cake)

    Hi everyone! How are you guys enjoying your 3 day weekend? I go back to Chicago later tonight and I am already missing my family by just the thought of leaving. I did promise you my mama’s hilbeh recipe before I left and here it is! Hilbeh is one of those Middle Eastern desserts that you either love or hate. Some people do not like the smell of the fenugreek seeds but it doesn’t bother me. The cake itself is not sweet at all. The syrup is what adds the sweetness to this dessert. Fenugreek seeds actually have severeal benefits. Its great for decreasing inflammation and cholestorol. It is said…

  • middle eastern stuffed pancakes
    Dessert,  Ramadan

    Atayef (Middle Eastern Stuffed Pancake Dessert)

    Hi my lovely friends!! Today, I am sharing with a recipe that is often prepared for Ramadan and Eid time in a Middle Eastern household! It’s a dessert thatsi extremely popular, irresistible and its shaped like an empanada! What can it be? Atayef, is a delicious baked treat usually filled with nuts or cheese but people get creative and fill it with nutella and other things too. Atayef, for those who don’t know, literally looks like a pancake except its porous and thinner than your average pancake. Atayef are nostalgic to me; its something I remember making with my parents growing up and being super excited about it too! I…

  • 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…

  • Dessert,  Ramadan,  Snacks

    Date Pinwheel Pie Crust Cookies

    For a month now, I have had extra pie dough leftover from baking pies for Thanksgiving. I have been thinking of making a dessert that ties my Middle Eastern roots while using this All American product. This cookie is a western twist on a classic Arabic date cookie called Maamoul which is often served around the holidays for everyone to enjoy. Honestly, leftovers have never tasted this good! Every bite you take of this cookie is filled with soft buttery goodness with a hint of cinnamon and dates that melts in your mouth. A taste that brings me back home and comforts my soul. ¬†As a newlywed, who moved several…