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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Somali Tea Cookies

Update: Added pic!

Yes, we do have a cup with Layla and I on it :-)
Here is a recipe I came up with based on a couple other recipes that I combined.
It is not actually a Somali recipe, but is based upon the spices used to make Somali tea.

I  made these for a cookie exchange at our ESL classes this week and they were a huge hit among the Somalis. They're really easy to make as well.

1/2 cup butter (room temp)
1/2 cup powdered sugar 
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg 
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/16 teaspoon ground cloves
a pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups flour
    1. Cream the butter and sugar together, then add egg, mix all well.

    2. Stir in the spices, salt, and flour.

    3. Form dough into a cylindrical shape and refrigerate until firm. It can be wrapped in plastic wrap so it doesn't get dry.
    When your dough is ready, preheat your oven to 350F

    4. Cut cookies into rounds about 1/4 inch thick. Bake on a greased cookie sheet for about 10 min., or until lightly browned.
    They don't need much space, because they don't spread out much.

    You can dust them with powdered sugar when they cool to create a nice look.

    I'm planning to make some more, so I will post a pic of the finished product.


    Mina said...

    Hmmm i actually love baking must give it a try Jazakallahu khairun for sharing sis!

    Odna said...

    hmmm... cardamon is just so lovely! I'll definitly try this one!! Thanks for sharing this! ^^ Hope you and your beautiful family - your daughter is sooooo cute!! mashallah!! - are doing great!

    Anonymous said...

    is Somali tea similar to spiced chai? It sounds like that to me.