Afghan Cookies

Whether fixing an Afghani meal or just having a need for cookies to fill your sweet tooth craving, Afghan cookies will fill the bill. They are also delicious. Read our guide for more facts and information...

Like many Afghan foods, these cookies are high in caloric values. This is because true Afghan cooking has to pack in calories to feed the body in a high atmosphere and more physical life than in the west, as you have to walk almost everywhere. Keep this in mind when you try these delicious cookie recipes. Like many Afghan dishes, Afghanistan is a large country and cookie recipes vary from region to region.

Afghan Butter Cookies Kulche Birinjee

1/3 cup pitted dates, finely chopped
½ cup boiling water to cover dates
1 cup all purpose flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
¾ cup vegetable shortening
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups corn flakes

Directions:
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the chopped dates in a small cup and cover with the boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes.
Drain and discard the liquid.
Combine the flour, cocoa, and baking powder.
In a large bowl, cream the vegetable shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
Stir in the dates.
Beat in the vanilla extract.
Gradually blend in the dry ingredients
Fold in the cornflakes.
Break off walnut size pieces of the dough and roll into balls.
Place 1 1/2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until firm to the touch.
Transfer to wire racks to cool.

Khatai Cookies

1-1/2 cups white flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup corn oil
1 tbs crushed cardamom
Finely ground pistachios

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients except for the pistachios. Add in the oil and mix well until you have a smooth, soft dough.Shape the dough into 2-inch round balls. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment approximately 2 inches apart. Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle the tops of the cookies with the pistachios. Cool and serve.

Both of these recipes are easy to fix opposed to many Afghan recipes that you find will require many ingredients. They are tasty, nutritious and they will fill the urge to snack quite easily. They both go well with coffee, so if you are having friends and family over, they go well after dinner with a cup of coffee. Be prepared for you family and friends to ask for your recipes, as they will be delighted and in awe of your cooking skills.

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