Preparation info

  • Makes about

    25 pieces

    • Difficulty


Appears in

Delights from the Garden of Eden

Delights from the Garden of Eden

By Nawal Nasrallah

Published 2019

  • About

Traditional kleicha is usually made with dihin hurr (clarified butter). The following is a much lighter version, but yields equally delicious cookies/biscuits. The amount given below is usually doubled or tripled to make an assortment of shapes and fillings.


  • 3 cups (12 oz/340 g) all-purpose/plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ground aniseed
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon whole or crushed nigella seeds
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) oil (or half melted butter and half oil)
  • cup (160 ml) water or milk


  • In a big bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Pour in oil (or oil and melted butter), and rub the mixture between your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add water or milk, and stir the mixture in a circular movement to incorporate the liquid into the flour. Then knead for about 5 minutes to form a pliable dough of medium consistency.