بِسْــــــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِارَّحْمَنِ ارَّحِيم
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
One of my favorite cookies in the world is the Barazek. It's a rich buttery cookie from Syria that's popular around the Levant countries of the Middle East. Barazek is an interesting little cookie. A buttery rich shortbread like cookie is enrobed with toasted sesame seeds on one side, while on the other side is dotted crushed pistachios. These cookies are simple, soft yet little crunchy bit crunchy. They're addictive and fine treat to nibble with friends while sipping tea or coffee.
Traditionally, Barazek are made with semolina, white sugar then brushed with atta (simple syrup) before coating in the nuts and seeds then baking. But with a few simple changes, I've replaced all the not-so-good-for you ingredients with all national real food ingredients that I think make this cookie even more interesting. After a month of fasting, an indulgence here and there won't hurt I think. My recipe is relatively healthy ... so why not indulge! I have trying my best lately to replace all processed items in my pantry with all natural ingredients.
Here, I replaced most of the not-so-good-for you ingredients with all natural and readyily availible ingredients like honey and cultured butter.
EDIT: I was orginally giving these cookies a light brushing of honey before serving, but one nice fine day when I didn't have honey at home I decided to try out rose petal jam. I thought at first might overpower the sesame-ness of the cookie. But since that's what I had on hand, I tried it anyway - and WOW, they really turned out amazing! And have been brushing it on these cookies every since.
If you like a thin crispy cookie (like mine) roll out your dough thin, but if you prefer a thicker chewy cookie simply roll them out thicker.