A little Iraqi Snacky
|Maybe an ancient Mespotamian cookbook??|
Kaak bil SimSim (Sweet Sesame Rings)For the recipe you will need:
- 3 c flour
- 1 c sugar
- 1 t baking powder
- 1 t ground anise seeds
- 1 t salt
- 1 stick butter (1/2 c) room temp
- 1/4 c vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1/4 c milk
- 1/2 to 1 cup sesame seeds
- 1 beaten egg for egg wash
2. Add butter and oil and combine with hands. Messy but fun :)
3. Add milk and egg to the party and squish and knead until a soft dough is formed.
4. Line cookie sheet with parchment or waxed paper. Oil your hands a little, then take a small bit of dough and roll into rope shape. Then turn rope shape into ring by pressing ends together.
We had big ones, little ones, heart shaped ones, and a couple blobby ones- it was pretty fun!
5. Brush the cookies with the beaten egg (which my daughter decided turned these cookies "healthy") and sprinkle with sesame seeds. I kind of wish I left some plain because the kids didn't like the sesame seeds very much.
6. Bake about 20 mins. in 350° oven. Cool and enjoy.
Apparently these cookies will stay fresh for a long time if wrapped or put in container. Cookies NEVER last a long time in this house so I can't testify to that. My friend (who is Greek) said these looked like a cookie her mom makes every year at Easter time and another neighbor thought they were pretty tasty too. They are not really very sweet and I liked the flavor from the anise but if you don't think you'd like that taste, I really think any flavor could be substituted and it would still be pretty yummy. Hope you enjoy :)