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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

BARAZEK (Pistachio & Sesame Seeds Cookies)

I loves to eat cookies that have a crunch and crispy...... because I like munching and munching!

When Wendy of Table for 2 ....or more posted her Barazek (well, I have not heard of what is Barazek before) and after looking at the pic, I guess this type of cookies is in for me as I can see it has that crunch for me!

(Pistachio & Sesame Seeds Cookies)
Recipe from Wendy of Table for 2....or more 

150g sesame seeds
53g honey
65g ghee (clarified butter)
1 medium size egg
70g sugar
1/8 tsp salt
120g plain flour
160g semolina flour
1 tsp baking powder
120g pistachios

1. Mix the sesame seeds and honey.  Set aside.
2.  Chopped the pistachios coarsely and place on a flat plate.
3.  Mix ghee, egg, sugar and salt; cream till smooth.
4.  Sift in flour, sugee and baking powder. Mix well.
5.  Take 1/2 tbsp level of dough (1 scoop out using a melon baller) and form into round.
6.  Drop dough onto chopped pistachios that has been placed on a flat plate.Lightly press dough 
     onto pistachios.
7. With the dough sticking on the back of the spoon, drop the dough pistachio nut side up onto the 
    sesame honey mixture.Lightly press the dough
8. Spoon out dough with generous amount of sesame sticking at the bottom.
9. Place dough sesame side up pistachio side down onto baking tray. Lightly press them flat.
10. Bake at 170C for 15 minutes
11. Cool on baking tray for 2 minutes before transferring to wire rack to fully cool down.

Please go over to here for tutorial pic

The difficult part of making this is.......messy!  The sesame seeds doesn't stick much to the dough and have to take some out to lightly press it down to stick.

Well, as indicate by Wendy, that this cookies taste better after 3 days, so I shall wait till 3 days to taste how good this shall be.  

On my last tray to bake this cookies, I use a small knife to make a slit .... just for fun ..... so it hang nicely to my cup!

                 I am submitting this post to Chinese New Year Delights 2013 hosted by
                                                           Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover


  1. Your cookies look so delicious and crunchy. I love how you dressed up the setting with the pretty tea cups.

  2. Wow, just beautiful and I bet it taste wonderful too especially with the pistachios and sesame seeds.

  3. Mel, I also wanted to bake these cookies but I couldn't get semolina flour. Will try to look for it again. Your Barazek turned out very well. I can tell that it is crunch, crunch, crunchy!

  4. This is very special.... The name is special too. I never have Barazek before ..looks yummy!

  5. ooh.. another nutty delight! how i wish i lived next door.. free smells, and maybe a cookie or two, if you take pity on me ^^

  6. Mel, this is a new combination for me, pistachio + sesame seeds! I also like eating biscuits/cookies but have to drink lots of water after that! Like the china pieces!

  7. Mel, these cookies beautifully baked!!! Can't wait for another 3 days!!! I want to eat your Barazek now, haha...

  8. Hi Mel! Sesame seeds and pistachios - yummy ingredients for the cookies. Like the english tea cup. :)

  9. Mel, i am loving the food styling prsentation as much as i love the cookies :) Beautiful and quite English. Must have missed this post on Wendy's blog, something totally different for CNY. very nice, i will need to find some time to try this out.

  10. I can imagine the aroma of these cookies! Sesame seeds are very fragrant when baked! Yum! Let us know in 3 days time!

  11. Hi Mel,

    I have never hear of Barazek before. These sesame seeds and pistachio biscuits look very nutty and yummy... very elegant too with your pretty tea set.


  12. hi mel, i like cookies with seeds and nuts and was attracted by the look of the cookies earlier too. Havent tried baking with ghee, hope to try it out someday too:)

  13. making it hang on the cup is a fantastic idea! :) i also want to know whether it tastes better after 3 days!

  14. Mel,
    Agreed with you. Crunchy and lots of nuts cookies is always nice to munch on.
    Love your click. Especially the cookiie that hang on the pretty floral tea cup. Pretty!

  15. Hi Mel, these are beautifully done, I saw Wendy's and yours look just like hers! Good job!