Recipe by Sephardi Kitchen
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! :)
Top Review by esbarth
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.
For the Dough
- 1 cup butter, softened (or 3/4 c butter and 1/4 c canola oil)
- 1⁄2-1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 -2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour (amount will vary)
For the Filling
- 3⁄4 cup walnuts
- 3 -4 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄2-2 tablespoons rose water (to taste)
Directions See How It's Made
- 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.
- 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.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a blender or food processor, combine walnuts, sugar, rosewater and salt until a slightly chunky paste forms.
- Pinch off a walnut-sized piece of dough and flatten it in your palm. It should be approximately 2.5-3 inches in diameter.
- 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.
- Place in a greased/floured cookie sheet or pan, repeat until all the dough is used up.
- 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!).
- Remove from the baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.