Halwa Chebakia: Moroccan Sesame Cookies with Honey By The Spruce Eats

Halwa Chebakia: Moroccan Sesame Cookies with Honey By The Spruce Eats
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Halwa Chebakia: Moroccan Sesame Cookies with Honey By The Spruce Eats
Yields8 Servings
Prep Time1 hrย 30 minsCook Time1 hrTotal Time2 hrsย 30 mins

Halwa Chebakia (sometimes spelled chebbakia or shebakia) is a Moroccan sesame cookie which is shaped into a flower, fried and then coated with honey. Also known as mkharka, it's usually served during Ramadan and for special occasions. Chebakia are time-consuming to make. Most Moroccan women enlist the help of a sister, mother or friend for the preparation of a large quantity.

ย 4 cups flourplus additional if necessary
ย ยฝ tsp baking powder
ย ยฝ tsp salt
ย 1 soup bowl full of golden unhulled sesame seeds, toasted
ย 1 ยฝ tsp ground anise
ย 1 ยฝ tsp ground cinnamon
ย ยฝ tsp saffron threads, crumbled
ย โ…› tsp Moroccan yellow colorant (or 1/2 teaspoon turmeric)
ย Pinch of mastic or gum arabic grains, mixed with 1/4 tsp. of sugar and crushed into a powder
ย 1 extra-large egg
ย ยผ cup butter, melted
ย ยผ cup olive oil
ย ยผ cup vinegar
ย ยผ cup orange flower water
ย 1 tsp yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water
ย 5 cups (4 lbs.) honey
ย 6.50 vegetable oil,for frying
ย ยฝ cup golden unhulled sesame seeds, toasted, for decorating

Ingredients

ย 4 cups flourplus additional if necessary
ย ยฝ tsp baking powder
ย ยฝ tsp salt
ย 1 soup bowl full of golden unhulled sesame seeds, toasted
ย 1 ยฝ tsp ground anise
ย 1 ยฝ tsp ground cinnamon
ย ยฝ tsp saffron threads, crumbled
ย โ…› tsp Moroccan yellow colorant (or 1/2 teaspoon turmeric)
ย Pinch of mastic or gum arabic grains, mixed with 1/4 tsp. of sugar and crushed into a powder
ย 1 extra-large egg
ย ยผ cup butter, melted
ย ยผ cup olive oil
ย ยผ cup vinegar
ย ยผ cup orange flower water
ย 1 tsp yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup warm water
ย 5 cups (4 lbs.) honey
ย 6.50 vegetable oil,for frying
ย ยฝ cup golden unhulled sesame seeds, toasted, for decorating
Halwa Chebakia: Moroccan Sesame Cookies with Honey By The Spruce Eats

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