Recipes inspired by breads and desserts from around the world
Maamoul: Middle Eastern Holiday Cookies
Made with ghee, semolina, and besan (split brown chickpea) flour, these melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies, whose name refers to a Persian word for bread and an Afghan word for biscuit, are a popular teatime snack in India and Pakistan. I’ve tried a few recipes, and this simple one by Buttered Veg is my favorite. I used … Continue reading Nankhatai
These are a fun twist on classic chocolate chunk cookies, with a nice crunch from whole peanuts and crushed rice cakes. They are even (sort of) healthy, with olive oil in place of butter. For an even more wholesome cookie, try swapping out all-purpose flour for white whole wheat, which is milder and lighter than … Continue reading Chocolate, Puffed Rice, and Peanut Cookies
Much of the sweetness in these delicious whole-grain muffins, adapted from a whole wheat muffin recipe by Mark Bittman, comes from dried Turkish apricots. I simmered the apricots in water, then coarsely mashed them with a fork. Some of the apricots dissolved into the muffin, lending moisture along with buttermilk and olive oil. Others appeared … Continue reading Whole Wheat Apricot Muffins
These nontraditional biscotti have a spicy kick thanks to ginger in two forms: ground and crystalized. Like the classic Italian cookies, they are baked twice for added crunch, but the addition of butter makes them softer on the inside than typical biscotti. I got inspiration from a triple ginger biscotti recipe in Tish Boyle’s The … Continue reading Double Ginger Biscotti
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