Sunday, July 11, 2010


In Turkish cooking, sesame seeds are typically used for salted dishes.   This is the first recipe I found where a cookie (sweet) using sesame seeds on it.  I followed the recipe reluctantly.  Result: Excellent!!

1 cup milk
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup (125 gr) margarine
1egg (reserve white for the glaze)
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon mahalep (you can find this in middle eastern stores)

Egg white
sesame seeds
  • Melt the margarine
  • Add milk, sugar, milk, oil, salt, 1 egg yolk, baking powder,mahalep together
  • Slowly add flour to get a soft dough.  Cover, let it rest for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Take a small piece (size of a tangerine). Shape as you like.
  • Whisk egg white
  • Dip the "cookies" in egg white first and then in sesame seeds
  • Cook in oven that is preheated at 350 until it is golden brown


  1. This looks yummy since I just bought some mahalep today - approximately how much flour do you add to get a soft dough? Thank you!

  2. Hi Jane,
    I have never measured the flour. Start with cups and once the dough starts forming continue to add 1/2 cup at a time while you work on the dough. The dough should not stick to your hands. My mother always said it should feel like your "ear lobe" :-)

  3. Hi, I love Turkish food and was very happy to found yuur blog. however, I found it very difficult to follow your recipes if you don't mention exact measures.usually , i measure the flour and add the baking founder on it.
    I hope that you could found a way to measure the flour so that we can enjoy it too. otherwise , what is the point ?