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Anise Date Cookies كعك ينسون بالعجوة

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  • Author: Wafa Shami


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oil (1/2 vegetable and 1/2 extra virgin olive oil)
  • 2 teaspoons anise seeds
  • 2 teaspoons anise powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 cup of warm water
  • 1 to 1.5 bags of Zyad dates paste (about 1.5 cups).


  1. Preheat the oven to 370 degrees F
  2. Take small pieces of the dates paste and with rub, your hands with some olive oil, roll the dates into small logs. Continue this process until all bag is done. Set aside
  3. Mix all dry ingredients together: flour, anise seeds, anise powder, baking powder, sugar then add oil. Integrate everything all well together with the oil.
  4. Add warm water gradually, and knead the mix together until it is more like a dough.
  5. On a clean surface, take a handful of dough, and roll it into a long thin log, about as big as your pinkie. Flatten the log after cutting as if you are making space to add the date paste, bring a piece of the previously rolled dates about the same size as the flattened dough, place on top of the dough, then close the dough around the dates, and roll it into a rounded shape. Continue the process until all dough and dates are done.
  6. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the bottom turns golden brown.