If it's shortbread in England, Chocolate Chip Cookies in the US, Kaak in Lebanon, Plätzchen or Keks in Germany, småkake in Norway, Galletas in Spain, Biscotti in Italy or Kurabiye in Turkey, each country has their own "favorite cookie".
Cookies are something we can attribute to the Persians who brought to Arabia and than later the Mediterranean via the spice trade and Crusaders who brought with them the cooking techniques and ingredients of
Persia and Arabia. No wonder that the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa produce some of the most attractive, exquiste and elegant cookies ever.
While there are myrid of exquiste Algerian cookies out there I could show you, today I'm going to present the original and most favorite. Halwat el Tabaâ (Halwat el Taba3, halwa tabaa, halwa ettaba3) حلوة الطابع, also called Torno in the region of
Oran is one of the most popular cookies in . It's an Algerian cut-out cookie accompanied to any weekday afternoon coffee but also proudly present at special occasion like Ramadan or Eid. It's super, super simple to make - a cookie you can easily prepare with little hands. My children love anything that involves a rolling pin, cookie cutters aaaaand SPRINKLES! Algeria
Halwat el Tabaâ while it may look at your run of the mill average homey sugar cookie it's actually a exhalirating citrusy luscious treat. It's a lush aromatic cookie made with luxurious fruity Algerian olive oil, citrus and anise. Delightfully crispy on the outside and pleasantly dry and slighly dry inside it's pretty hard to resist dipping and dunking.
Traditional Halwat el Tabaâ would have been decorated with sesame seeds and/or sliced almonds but in more modern times the topping has become more and more creative. Appealing to children Algerians use sprinkles, chocolate vermicelli or pearl sugar decorations.
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