Last year at this time I posted a recipe for Egyptian petit four cookies that seemed to be a popular post. So, I thought I would share with you another Egyptian recipe for holiday cookies. They are called "Sablee", after the French short pastry dough. I got this recipe from my dear Egyptian friend, Vivian. Here's a copy of the original recipe that's over 37 years old!
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla powder
1 cup shortening
1 T water or less
apricot jam for filling
Mix the dry ingredients in a medium size bowl:
Mix the shortening into the flour mixture until it resembles cornmeal:
Remove from oven and let cool before putting them together with apricot jam. Just before serving, sprinkle the tops of the cookies with powdered sugar.
P.S. This recipe calls for vanilla powder. I bought some this year at the church bazaar:
Coptic Christians enjoy these cookies for the Christmas and Easter holidays along with petit fours, and bescoot, ghoribeh, and kaak (sorry for the spelling of these last three; they are basically an egg based cookie that is baked in a long shape, a rich butter based cookie and a mahlab flavored buter cookie rolled in powdered sugar).
I hope you will try this easy recipe. My local Persian grocery store has them in their bakery case and they call them "French cookies". They are fun to make and look nice on the cookie plate.
Happy baking and until next time, I wish each of you a holiday, fun filled week!
P.S. I almost forgot, please take a minute and visit Handmade Harbour and check out some great craft ideas!