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Cevizli Kurabiye – Cookies with Walnuts

My friend Tina baked some wonderful cookies with pecans – she is from Louisiana, and that was her mother’s recipe. As soon as I tasted, these wonderful cookies took me back to my childhood, as my mother used to bake a very similar version using walnuts. It is amazing to see the similarities we share wherever we are in the world, a very nice feeling, and makes the world feel smaller!

These cookies are very easy make, get ready in no time and they melt in the mouth. It is the end of Ramadan at the moment and we celebrate this special feast period with lots of sweets shared with friends and family. I hope you enjoy this little treat, Iyi Bayramlar to you all!

Serves 6 – 8
Preparation time : 15 minutes Cooking time: 15 – 20 minutes

460 gr/ 16 oz/2 cups self raising flour (whole meal or plain)
230 gr/8 oz/generous 1 cup sugar
230 gr/8 oz unsalted butter, melted
200 gr/7oz walnut (or pecan) pieces
Pinch of salt (labout 1/2 teaspoon)

Powered (icing) sugar to coat the cookies

Preheat oven to 150 C/300 F/ Gas Mark 2

Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. With using your hands, mix them well. Take large egg sized portions and roll into balls with your hands and then slightly flatten into oval shapes. Place them on the greased baking tray.

Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes, and check if they start turning golden / light brown color. If not bake for another 5 minutes.

Once cooked, cool the cookies and when they are slightly warm, coat them with icing sugar. You can serve them with tea, coffee or cold refreshments.

Afiyet Olsun!

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