Klaychah (Date Cookies)

READY IN: 1hr 35mins
Recipe by Dreamer in Ontario

This cookie is one of Iraq's famous sweets. Recipe source: Toronto Star website. Time to make does not include 1 hour standing time. The time to make is an estimate. I didn't write it down when I made these cookies.

Top Review by Wish I Could Cook

I really liked these cookies! Such a unique flavor and so addicting. I used soft dates and sort of made my own paste. Then I haved the dough recipe and ended up with leftover date paste. So I blended it with soy milk and had a wonderful smoothie! Really liked the cardamon and cloves. It's not a flavor combo that I'm used too. But I will be soon, because it was so good. Next time I'm going to slice the cookies about 1/2 an inch thick because when they puffed up during baking, they were just a bit too big. overall a 5-star recipe all the way!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In saucepan, combine dates, butter, water, cardamom and cloves.
  2. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes or until dates become a paste.
  3. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour.
  4. Meanwhile, in mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well; add shortening and milk. Knead into dough, adding more flour or milk if necessary.
  5. Divide dough into 4 parts then roll, one at a time, to about 1/4-inch thickness.
  6. Divide date paste into 4 parts and roll each out, between sheets of wax paper, to match dough size.
  7. Remove wax paper; place date layer on dough. (If date paste is too soft, gently spread each portion on dough with knife.)
  8. Roll into cylinder, jellyroll style.
  9. Slice rolls into 1-inch pieces and place on greased baking sheet.
  10. Bake in preheated 325F oven 35 minutes or until cookies begin to turn golden brown.
  11. Let cool.

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