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My Halwa Shebakia -- Special Ramadan Sesame Cookies

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“This was posted for informational purposes ONLY with a large caveat for ever trying to make these at home unless an experienced maker has taught you! You who continue to make this will be disappointed and unhappy!! Also don't be adding an egg to make something to soft hold together. I have a feeling over processing is the problem as the blades heat up in a short time and if you're using a big motored processor. I posted this recipe with warnings and believe them! If you like or want to try shebakia then please find an internet source; they are out there! It seems my original introduction needed to be repeated right at the top. These are the longstanding traditional Ramadan sesame cookies. While available year round and eaten all year, these are especially important during the month of Ramadan. They give a high carbohydrate kick with breakfast at sunset. Mythis recipe originally makes 100 cookies as we have more guests than usual in this month and we give them as gifts, especially to our single male friends! These are available by the millions for sale on the streets, though homemade ones melt in your mouth. I have quartered he recipe before and for you. You can take it back to 100 or double this recipe. They are wonderful though 2 is my limit; they are so sweet. Due to the honey they keep virtually forever in the fridge and can be frozen in a single layer on a baking tray and then bagged. Thaw at room temperature. I do NOT recommend making these at home as they are difficult and I learned from my Moroccan Mother in law to be. These need to be learned by an experienced maker and adding egg or anything of that nature will simply make matters worse. I posted the recipe as a request with a caveat to the person requesting. These can be purchased online as well. c.\2005”
1hr 35mins
30 cookies

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a food processor process all the ingredients, except the honey, into a paste.
  2. Take a walnut-sized piece of paste and roll it out very thin. Using a metal cut-out typically found in Morocco, with different designs, a small shaped cookie cutter, pie crust/ravioli wheel or knife and cut out cookies and let them rise for 15 minutes. If not using a cookie cutter which I don't, simply cut strips and twist them into a spiral or figure 8. I do the figure 8 making sure it is secure by slightly pinching in 2-3 places.
  3. Deep-fry the cookies in a skillet or fryer in the remaining oil in batches over low heat just to brown.
  4. 3-Soak the cookies in the honey for 15 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Let sit until the honey sets a bit.
  5. Store in a plastic bag or container.
  6. One person emailed me when this was posted on my website stating that her cookies fell apart in frying. This should not happen though if it does, 5g of gum arabic may be added to the recipe at processing stage or re-processed briefly to add.

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