Kakat’ Mahlab

Kakat’ Mahlab

This is my favorite Middle Eastern cookie. It is buttery, doughy, and has just the right sweetness. It is like a cross between a shortbread and sweet bread. And of course, it goes great with tea! I used to love making these with Nana B. 

Kleacha (Iraqi Date Cookie)

Kleacha (Iraqi Date Cookie)

I am so proud of this cookie. First off, it’s delicious. The dough is crumbly and buttery and the date filling provides a satisfying chew and sweetness. The interior swirl created from the date and dough is just stunning. Each region of the Middle East 

Turkish Coffee

Turkish Coffee

My memories of Turkish coffee surround my dad’s mother, Tata. Anytime she would have guest over, I remember Tata sneaking away, and then returning with a tray of Turkish coffee and sweets. The smell of Turkish coffee is second to none, and fills me with 

Lawzena

Lawzena

There is nothing more uniquely synonymous with our Nana Badriya than Lawzena.¬† This one-of-a-kind cookie contains the perfect balance of just four ingredients: ground almonds, whipped egg whites, sugar and cardamom.¬†People come from near and far for a taste of this delicious, chewy, almond cookie 

Tea (Traditional Iraqi Chai)

Tea (Traditional Iraqi Chai)

“Who would like some chai?” Not a day goes by where we don’t hear that phrase at least once, if not multiple times. You see, in Middle Eastern culture, tea has a purpose at almost any occasion. It helps you start the day, accompanies a