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    Koloocheh (Persian Purim Cookies)

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    Sephardi Kitchen's Note:

    This is a dairy version of the cookies my fiance's grandma would prepare for Purim (a Jewish holiday in the spring). The crisp shortbread dough encases a sweet filling made of walnuts and rose water. Easy to make, and delicious! Note: the original recipe is parve and uses oil in place of butter. I have never made cookies without butter or margarine and was scared to try it without knowing the proper proportions. If you know how to do it, please let me know! :)

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    For the Dough

    For the Filling


    1. 1
      In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar together (or use a fork) until creamy. Stir in 1 tbs water with the vanilla and salt until well combined.
    2. 2
      Mix in 1-1 1/2 c flour until combined (the texture should be crumbly). Then knead in the remaining flour until the dough pulls away from the bowl and becomes stiffer/no longer crumbly.
    3. 3
      Preheat oven to 350°F.
    4. 4
      In a blender or food processor, combine walnuts, sugar, rosewater and salt until a slightly chunky paste forms.
    5. 5
      Pinch off a walnut-sized piece of dough and flatten it in your palm. It should be approximately 2.5-3 inches in diameter.
    6. 6
      Add a small amount of filling (about 1/2 tsp) to the center of the dough. Pinch it shut, then pat to make a round cookie.
    7. 7
      Place in a greased/floured cookie sheet or pan, repeat until all the dough is used up.
    8. 8
      Bake 15-25 minutes, or until the bottoms of the cookies are golden brown and the tops are lightly browned and no longer soft (and the house will smell delicious!).
    9. 9
      Remove from the baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.
    10. 10

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 14, 2014

      This is a lovely recipe! I just wanted to say, we usually bake with olive oil - you can use 3/4 C olive oil in place of the 1 C butter to make these cookies pareve. There are charts for the substitution available online, but that general proportion works for substituting other measurements as well.

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    Nutritional Facts for Koloocheh (Persian Purim Cookies)

    Serving Size: 1 (679 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 235.1
    Calories from Fat 146
    Total Fat 16.2 g
    Saturated Fat 8.1 g
    Cholesterol 32.5 mg
    Sodium 224.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 20.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
    Sugars 7.1 g
    Protein 2.7 g

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    rose water

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