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Arab cookies - very easy to make

So during the couple of days off I took just to chill out, I spent one afternoon making arab cookies or kuih makmur. I had come across the recipe online before and thought it was relatively simple to give it a try.

I had to agak-agak the recipe, but it is quite easy really... only three types of ingredients:

Approx 2+ cups plain flour
Approx 1/3 cup icing sugar
Approx 5-6 tablespoons ghee
Extra icing sugar for dusting

Mix flour sugar and ghee in a large bowl until it forms a soft dough. I found the best way is to start with a couple of tablespoons of ghee, and then add bit by bit as you go along until you get the right consistency with the dough.

The dough should be a pale yellow and a just little bit oily, and be able to come together and not stick to the sides of the bowl too much. I couldn't take a photo of the dough while I was mixing it, but I found this pic online which I think is a good indicaton of what it should look like.

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Roll teaspoonfuls of the dough into marble size balls and place in a baking tray.

Bake at 150°Celcius for about 15 minutes until the cookies have a very pale golden brown tinge to them.

Let the cookies cool completely before dusting with extra icing sugar.

Hubs was extremely pleased to come home to freshly baked cookies which were reminiscent of CNY and Raya style goodies.

Next up I'm going to try my hand at some almond sugee cookies... once I top up my flour stock... I seem to be using up a lot of flour lately.


P.S. More of my idiot proof recipes using four ingredients or less


  1. It's called kuih makmur here. I often made this kuih for our bazaar sale when I was in St. mary's. We added ground peanuts, so there's a peanutty flavour. Very sinfully fattening

  2. Aaaahh.. yes kuih makmur, that's the other name!

    Now MH wants me to make the cookies with the peanut on top each one... not sure which one is that.


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