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Klaychah (Date Cookies)

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“This cookie is one of Iraq's famous sweets. Recipe source: Toronto Star website. Time to make does not include 1 hour standing time. The time to make is an estimate. I didn't write it down when I made these cookies.”
1hr 35mins
24 cookies

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In saucepan, combine dates, butter, water, cardamom and cloves.
  2. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes or until dates become a paste.
  3. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour.
  4. Meanwhile, in mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well; add shortening and milk. Knead into dough, adding more flour or milk if necessary.
  5. Divide dough into 4 parts then roll, one at a time, to about 1/4-inch thickness.
  6. Divide date paste into 4 parts and roll each out, between sheets of wax paper, to match dough size.
  7. Remove wax paper; place date layer on dough. (If date paste is too soft, gently spread each portion on dough with knife.)
  8. Roll into cylinder, jellyroll style.
  9. Slice rolls into 1-inch pieces and place on greased baking sheet.
  10. Bake in preheated 325F oven 35 minutes or until cookies begin to turn golden brown.
  11. Let cool.

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