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    Algerian Helouwa Ta'aba (Lemon or Sesame Cookies)

    Algerian Helouwa Ta'aba (Lemon or Sesame Cookies). Photo by Um Safia

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    58 mins

    30 mins

    28 mins

    Um Safia's Note:

    Helouwa Ta'aba are very traditional, lovely simple cookies from Algeria. They should be quite hard, but if you prefer them a little softer then take them out of the oven at 20 minutes. There are 2 versions of this recipe, one flavoured with lemon & the other is plain but topped with sesame seeds. Both versions are below. This particluar recipe is our family recipe & is DH's all time favourite helouwa as it is not too sweet (so he can eat more lol!)

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    Lemon Version

    Sesame Version


    1. 1
      In a large bowl, beat the eggs & the oil.
    2. 2
      Add the baking powder (& lemon zest if using), & slowly add the flour, mixing the ingredients with your hands until a dough forms. You will probably not need all of the flour.
    3. 3
      Once you have a firm dough, you can shape your helouwa.
    4. 4
      To shape, you have 2 choices: you can roll out to 5mm thickness & cut out with your favourite cookie cutters OR you can roll into a 1cm thick 'sausage' & make rings & straight lengths them decorate with a 'Nakkach' or fork if you don't have one. (See photos).
    5. 5
      If making the sesame version, once you have cut out all your cookies, brush a little beaten egg over the top of the cookies & sprinkle with the sesame seeds.
    6. 6
      Place on a tray lined with aluminium foil (shiny side up) & bake for 25-28 minutes. The cookies should be pale but hard when tapped. (Unless you want them soft on the inside, in which case you should take them out after 20 minutes).
    7. 7
      Allow to cool then store in an airtight container for upto 2 weeks.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 02, 2011


      There was no temperature listed, so I used 350. I baked 20 minutes and the cookies were a little soft, just like the description said. I used orange zest instead of lemon zest, and it was delicious. The cookies are not overwhelmingly sweet and they allow the citrus flavor to come through nicely.

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    • on February 16, 2010


      My cookies didn't come looking as nice as yours, but they were tasty. Mine took on color as I guessed at the temperature to bake at.( I did 325 F) I wasn't sure how big around they were either. I will make again for sure.

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    • on October 31, 2012


      Very easy and economical to make and they come out delicious have already made them 3 ti mes now its also a very easy and enjoyable recipe to make with children. Keep posting the Algerian recipes they are much appreciated, ma sha Allah.

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    Nutritional Facts for Algerian Helouwa Ta'aba (Lemon or Sesame Cookies)

    Serving Size: 1 (1876 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 105.1
    Calories from Fat 37
    Total Fat 4.1 g
    Saturated Fat 0.6 g
    Cholesterol 18.6 mg
    Sodium 17.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 14.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
    Sugars 3.6 g
    Protein 2.2 g

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