Libyan Savoury Cookies: Kaak Malih كعك مالح ليبي

These savoury cookies are the typical accompaniment  to thick Arabic coffee, and they are also served with tea alongside sweet cookies and Libyan special breads. This savoury cookie recipe is very easy and uses store cupboard ingredients, making Kaak Malih an everyday treat. The savoury cookies are usually shaped into simple rings or braided as shown below. These savoury biscuits are light and very moreish so bake a little extra for everyone.

Makes 30  Cookies

100 ml milk
100 ml melted butter
100 ml corn oil
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 headed teaspoon salt
300 grams flour

1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup sesame seeds
Pour the milk, melted butter and oil into a mixing bowl and mix.

Sift the flour salt and baking powder into the bowl.

Combine into a dough, preferably with an electric mixer.
Knead just until  smooth, don’t handle the dough too much.
Place in a plastic bag and leave in the fridge for an hour.

Roll into ropes and cut  finger size pieces.

Thin out each finger then braid.

Place on an oven tray covered with baking paper.
Brush with the beaten egg. Sprinkle sesame seeds on each.
Bake at 220°C in the middle of the oven for around 12 minutes until light gold in colour.