Cookies Stuffed with Lokum – Kak Halqom – كعك حلقوم

Hope everyone had a great Eid! We had hoped to put up some Eid cookie recipes before the day but it was not to be. This is one of the recipes for cookies we made which was a great favorite with everyone, coming second only to everyone’s favorite, magroud! These cookies are soft and crumbly and stuffed with nuggets of unflavored lokum (Turkish Delight) which melt in your mouth. We liked the fact that they look like leaves and preferred them without the traditional powdered sugar coating.

3 to 3and 1/2 cups flour 
1/2 cup orange blossom water
1 cup ghee or melted  butter
1/2 cup oil
1 teaspoon yeast added to1/4 cup warm milk 
2 tablespoons powdered sugar 
(or melt the sugar in the orange blossom water)
1 teaspoon baking powder
About 400g unflavored  lokum (Turkish Delight)
icing sugar for coating (optional)
Mix all the ingredients for the dough, which should be soft but easy to handle.

Cut the lokum cubes into small pieces.

Make an oval shape, flatten it slightly with a finger, place the piece of lokum inside and roll the edges over.
Smoothen and shape, using the garasa.

 Place them in when the oven has reached a temperature of 220 celsius.

Remove when golden brown and roll in powdered sugar. Or not, as the case may be 🙂