Grape molasses cookies

April 18, 2017  •  ,

I have been meaning to try making these cookies, simply because I consume a ton of them. They are popular in the Chouf mountains where folks like to boast of their ancestral┬átraditions and love for their land. Grape molasses is made by taking lots of grapes (the sweetest variety) to the community press and boiling the juice with some local clay (called hawwara) and then whipping it to a golden color. It’s lovely and delicious and looks super luscious like a thick caramel. After a year or so, the “whipped” aspect flattens out and the molasses reverts back to a thick dark brown syrup.

 

Grape molasses cookies

12 or more servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Passive Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

2 cups white flour (all-purpose)
1 cup semolina flour (fine aka ferkha)
1/4 cup dry milk powder (optional)
3/4 tsp sea salt
1 T baking powder
2/3 cup demerara sugar (raw cane sugar)
1/2 tsp mahlab
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 cup grape molasses (more, as needed)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into dice
1/3 cup olive oil (more as needed)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tsp orange blossom water
Rind of one lemon

Instructions

  1. Place all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix. Flours, milk powder, turmeric, mahlab, salt, baking powder, sugar.
    Mix all the dry ingredients well. Add in the bowl of a food processor some diced butter and process till the butter is no longer visible. Sprinkle the lemon juice and add the olive oil in a stream until the dough is crumbly and beginning to hold together.
    Add the grape molasses in a stream until the dough holds together well and add the orange blossom water.
  2. Transfer the dough into a large bowl and knead it briefly, if it feels moist and easy to work with, start breaking it into small balls. If it feels dry, add more lemon juice and grape molasses one tablespoon at a time until the dough is moist, shiny, and does not fall apart.
  3. Form balls and roll them between your palms until you form a short rope, about 3 inches in length. tie the ends to form a ring and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
  4. Bake in a 325F oven for about 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown and somewhat firm. They will firm up after cooling. steps to make it
  5. kaak grape molasses1
  6. coffee with kaak debs


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Comments

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  1. Marie says:

    Where can you find the grape molasses?
    Is it the same than debs?

  2. Krista Bjorn says:

    Those are beautiful!! I love the sesame coating. ­čÖé

  3. humble_pie says:

    Joumana, is it really you? you’re back at last? how fabulous. awesome. can’t think of anyone else i’d rather see.

    it’s not the recipes. It’s the social setting. The cultural anthropology of food. Here we are in faraway north america, getting a blast of life in the middle east as strong as that dense black coffee in little beakers … the coffee you couldn’t resist so you drank an entire week’s worth of caffeine : >)

    that instagram account looks fantastic. Bravo. You are a marvellous photographer.

    PS the recipes are great, thankx for all of them

  4. Yvette alam says:

    Your recipes are great

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