Egyptian butter cookies ( Petit Fours / Betefour )

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Danish, Egyptian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 24 cookie
Calories: 136.2kcal
Author: Amira
Traditional holiday cookies that are rich, stuffed with jam and dipped in chocolate. Sprinkle some nuts on the top and they will be irresistible.
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  • 1 cup (220g) room temperature butter.
  • 1 cup (100g) confectioners' (powdered)sugar.
  • 2 eggs. room temperature.
  • 2 1/2 cup (320g)of flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder.
  • 2 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder- or more as you desire.


  • Jam chocolate and nuts.


  • Cream the butter and the sugar until you get a nice white creamy mixture. Add the eggs and the vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, add baking powder and flour then mising very well with a fork.
  • Add flour to egg mixture until you have a nice, soft dough.
  • Divide your dough in two adding cocoa powder to one half.
  • In a prepared cookie sheet form your dough into a small balls – half the size of a ping pong ball- press it lightly against your cookie sheet with a fork to form marks on top of it, or if you have a cookie press use it to make the shapes that you like.
  • Bake for 12– 15 minutes in a 325F preheated oven or until the edges are golden brown.
  • On a cooling rack let your cookies cool before decorating.
  • You can leave them plain or glue each two together with some jam, you can also dip in any sort of chocolate then into some crushed nuts.
  • Enjoy!!


* Nutrition facts are calculated for plain white cookies only.
Nutrition Facts
Egyptian butter cookies ( Petit Fours / Betefour )
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136.2 Calories from Fat 73
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.1g12%
Saturated Fat 4.9g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.4g
Cholesterol 36.2mg12%
Potassium 25.2mg1%
Carbohydrates 14.3g5%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 4.9g5%
Protein 1.9g4%
Vitamin A 315IU6%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 136.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.3g | Protein: 1.9g | Fat: 8.1g | Saturated Fat: 4.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.4g | Cholesterol: 36.2mg | Potassium: 25.2mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 4.9g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.6mg

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