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cookies and bars

Brownies with fig jam

   These should be called Marie’s brownies; my eight-year old niece came up with the idea of adding dried fig jam to the dough. Her face beamed when I told her these brownies would bear her name on the blog.   Marie had been planning since the age of six to become a chef. Last weekend, I showed her how […]

Almond shortbread cookies (Lawziyeh)

These cookies are dangerous. Too good to eat just one. They are called lawziyeh, from lawz, meaning almond. They are very similar to Mexican wedding cookies. The almonds are chopped (not peeled) and incorporated in the dough, which is a basic shortbread. They are a specialty of  pastry shops in the Chouf Mountains  and one of […]

Citrus muffins (Nammoura)

This is one of the most popular Ramadan pastries. I was always critical of the ones sold in stores as being too cloyingly sweet and too dense. Instead, I devised some nammoura bars and a batch of nammoura muffins. The nammouras  are still sweet, but with a soft tender texture and full of tanginess from […]

Carob brownies

I did not know we had some carob trees in our orchard . Salah grabbed a few pods and started chewing them, saying that back in Egypt (that’s where he is from), they make a juice with the pods and drink it for Ramadan; carob is super nutritious and keeps hunger pangs and thirst at bay […]

Chocolate/oatmeal brownies

Last night, both my daughter and I had a craving, the brownie craving, and needed to get it answered within the hour.  This version uses oatmeal flour instead of the regular all-purpose white flour; I tried it as an experiment and was so relieved to find that it tastes the same and makes me feel […]