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Traditional Iraqi “Kleicha” Cookies

Nothing can beat the “kleicha” cookie for Eid Al-Adha!

Serve your guests a deliciously home-made “Kliecha” instead of following the usual tradition. It’s another way to celebrate Eid Al-Adha this year, all you need to do is take the recipe and let’s try the best Iraqi dessert recipe now!

 

For the dough:
1 cup (100g) ground almonds
1 1/4 cup (140g) rice flour
1 tsp salt
6 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup (4 tbsp) honey (or other liquid sweetener)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
2 tbsp milk (any type you prefer)

 

For the date filling:
1 cup (140g) dates
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cardamom powder
1 tsp cocoa powder
1/4-1/2 cup (4-8 tbsp) water
Sesame seeds to top

 

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Instructions:
1. In a large bowl, mix together the ground almonds, rice flour, salt and spices.
2. Add the melted coconut and honey. Mix until well combined.
3. If the dough is not sticking together and looks crumbly, add milk, 1 tbsp at a time. I found that 2 tbsp of milk was perfect.
4. Place in the fridge and leave to chill for 30-60 minutes.

 

For the date filling:
1. Add the dates, spices and cocoa to a pan and pour in the water – the amount of water will depend on how dry your dates are. I used fairly dry dates so I added around 1/2 cup of water, but I would suggest adding a little at a time. Heat the pan and start mashing the dates with the back of a wooden spoon. Continue adding water until you have a smooth, but still thick and sticky mixture. You want it to be just thin enough to spread.

2. Preheat your oven to 180*C (160*C fan assisted)/ 350*F

3. Take the dough out of the fridge and place it on a piece of parchment paper. Place another piece of parchment paper on top and start rolling out the dough into a ¼” thick rectangle.

4. Spread the date filling over the dough leaving the edges clear.

5. Now start rolling! Take one side of the dough and use the parchment paper to roll the dough into a log.

6. Using a sharp knife, slice into 1 inch thick pieces.

7. Carefully transfer the cookies onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle the sesame seeds on top.

8. Bake for around 20 minutes or until the tops of the cookies are golden brown.

9. Leave to cool completely, then enjoy!

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