Chebakia –Sesame and Honey Cookies

Chebakia honey cookies with sesame seeds in a metal bowl
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Calories: 85

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Chebakia – Moroccan sesame cookie


  • 1/2 cup raw sesame seeds
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground anise
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Pinch of mastic gum (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon dry yeast
  •  1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon orange blossom water
  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Honey mixed with a little orange blossom water
  • Toasted sesame seeds for decoration


Preparing the Ingredients:

  1.  Toast the sesame seeds on medium heat for around 5 minutes, while stirring constantly with a wooden spoon
  2.   Using a food mixer, grind the toasted sesame seeds until you get a fine powder
  3.   In a small bowl, mix 1/ 2 tablespoon of orange flower water with a pinch of saffron threads. Let it sit for a few minutes before using it
  4.   In another small bowl,mix the dry yeast with ½ teaspoon of sugar and a little bit of warm water. Let it sit for a few minutes before using it

Mix All The dry Ingredients

  1. In a large bowl, mix two cups of the flour, with ground sesame seeds, ½ teaspoon of ground anise and ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon, a pinch of mastic gum, crush with sugar to get the powder
  2. Add ½ teaspoon of baking powder mixed with a pinch of salt.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix with your hands to form a dough
  4. Add one tablespoon of melted butter with1 ½ tablespoon of olive oil, and 1 ½ tablespoon of vegetable oil
  5. Mix½ teaspoon of white vinegar, the orange blossom water with the saffron, the yeast, and one egg yolk
  6. Add ½ cup of warm water to the dough, little by little
  7. Mix all the ingredients with your hand, until you can make a dough ball
  8. Add the water bit by bit so the dough should not be wet or sticky
  9. Place the dough on your kitchen work surface, and press it with energetic movements using the palms of your hands.
    Knead the dough for about 8 minutes until it becomes soft and elastic.

Shaping the Chebakia

1. Cut the dough into six equal portions.
2. Take each one and roll it into a thin layer using a roulette
3. Use a pastry cutter to cut the dough into rectangles approximately the size of your palm

4 To shape the chabakia, first take columns 1, 3, and 5 using the middle finger of your right hand

5. (depending on the size that wants to give your chebakia), then fold the chebakia to have the shape of a flower

Frying and Soaking the Chebakia In Honey

  1. Heat the oil in a large, frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Heat the honey almost to boiling in a large pot.
    When the honey is frothy but not bubbling, add the orange flower water to the honey and turn off the heat
  3. Diving the chebakkia in a bath of hot oil and brown on both sides, dip immediately in honey heated in a bain-marie and flavoured with orange blossom. Then drain them in a colander and decorate with the sesame seeds. enjoy!