Barazek (برازق)


Barazek are middle eastern pistachios sesame cookies. They are popular in some Arabic countries like Jordan, Palestine, Syria, and Lebanon.They are usually served with hot tea or coffee.


2/3 cup Sesame Seeds
1 tbsp Honey or syrup (qater)
1/2 tbsp Water
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
3/4 cup Sugar
1 cup Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
1/4 cup Water
1/4 cup Pistachios (chopped)

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • On a baking sheet, spread out the sesame seeds and toast them until they are golden brown
  • Mix honey with the 1/2 tablespoon of water and moisten the sesame seeds with the mixture
  • In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and sugar.
  • Add the butter and the 1/3 cup of water and work out to form smooth dough
  • Put the dough in the fridge for 10 minutes
  • Form small sized balls from the dough
  • Touch one side of each ball into the pistachios, and then press it between the palm of your hands into a cookie shape
  • Dip the other side into sesame seeds mixture and try to richly coat it
  • Place the cookies on a baking sheet with the sesame side up.
  • Bake in the preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until they turn golden brown

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