The main ingredients in these cookies is halvah, which is a "sweetmeat" -- the origin of its name -- made from honey, ground sesame seeds, nuts and rose water. This uniquely flavoured sweet, which has been a part of Middle Eastern Cooking for centuries, is available at specialty stores and many supermarkets in tins or by the pound. In this recipe, you can add as much as 1/3 pound of halvah if you want to intensify the flavour. These cookies age beautifully and can be stored for a long time in a cookie tin. from Rena Mazor, Coquitlam, British Columbia.