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A stack of Barazek cookies with one on the side.
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4.58 from 14 votes

Barazek Cookies

Nutty,scrumptious, addicting and wonderful Syrian cookies.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle East
Author: Amira


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter - room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar.
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder.
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup white flour.
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar.
  • a pinch of salt
  • a dash of vanilla powder use any kind of vanilla you have
  • 1 cup of roasted sesame seeds.
  • 1 cup of coarsely chopped unsalted pistachios.


  • Cream the butter until light and fluffy then add the sugar and mix well.
  • Mix in the egg, vanilla and vinegar until everything is well incorporated.
  • Finally add the flour and baking powder along with a dash of salt, let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Take a piece of the dough as big or as small as you want your cookies to be, I like mine big and crunchy.
  • Flatten the dough into a disc about 1/4 inch thick. The thinner the cookie is, the more crunchy it will be.
  • Press in a bowl of the roasted sesame seeds to coat one side.
  • Then press the other side to coat with pistachio chunks.
  • Bake in a 350F preheated oven for about 20 minutes until bottom is golden brown.


If the sesame or the pistachios did not stick well, add a little honey or syrup to it.
If you want barazek cookies to be more crunchy make them thinner but if you want them chewy make them thicker than I did. Both are good and delicious it is just your preference.