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Egyptian butter cookies ( Petit Fours / Betefour )

Traditional holiday cookies that are rich, stuffed with jam and dipped in chocolate. Sprinkle some nuts on the top and they will be irresistible.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Danish, Egyptian
Servings: 24 cookie
Calories: 136.2kcal
Author: Amira


  • 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