With Ramadan concluding over the weekend, Muslims are celebrating Eid-al Fitr, a three-day celebration to mark the end of the holy month. During Eid-al Fitr it’s traditional for families to bake kahk together, a sugar cookie typically stuffed with a date or nut mixture. Check out this easy kahk recipe — the light, airy cookies are perfect for any occasion that requires a sugar buzz.
- 2 cups semolina flour
- 1 1/2 cups shortening
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 cups ground walnuts
- 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 2 teaspoons orange blossom water
- Place the semolina flour and salt into a medium bowl, and cut in shortening using a pastry blender or a fork.
- Pour in a cup of boiling water, and mix to form a solid dough. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead for a minute or two to be sure the dough is well-blended.
- Cover the dough and let stand for at least one hour, but not longer than overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheets, or line with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the white sugar, ground nuts, cinnamon and orange blossom water so that the mixture is uniform. Set aside.
- Knead dough again briefly, and form into walnut-sized balls. Make a hole in the center using your finger. Fill the hole with the nut mixture, and seal the dough up over it.
- Place cookies at least 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Dust with confectioners' sugar while still hot.