Syrian Barazek Cookies


Barazek are crunchy and delicious pistachio and sesame seed cookies that are topped with a dense layer of sesame seed on one side while the other side is studded with chopped pistachios. These Traditional Syrian cookies are also called double sided cookies. They are light, crispy, buttery and nutty at the same time making it a perfect tea time snack. I'm sure you will enjoy it as I did.

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Syrian Barazek Cookies

Servings 12 large cookies
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins


  • ½ cup Unsalted butter room temperature
  • ½ cup Powdered sugar
  • 1 Egg large
  • ¼ tsp Vanilla essence/extract
  • 1 tsp White vinegar
  • a pinch Salt
  • cup All purpose flour
  • ½ tsp Baking powder
  • 1 cup Sesame seed roasted
  • ¾ cup Pistachios roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp Honey optional


  • Cream butter until light and fluffy. Then add the sugar and mix well.
  • Mix in the egg, vanilla essence, vinegar and salt until well incorporated. Add the flour and baking powder and combine well using a beater or wooden spoon. Cover and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Make big or small balls according to your preference. I like mine big and crunchy. Flatten the dough to about ¼ inch thick. The thinner the cookie is, the crunchier it will be.
  • Press one side of the dough into a bowl with the sesame seeds and the other with chopped pistachios.
  • Bake in a 350°F preheated oven for about 20 minutes until the bottom is golden brown. Let it cool for 5 mins on the cookie sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Nutty and scrumptious Syrian barazek cookies are ready to enjoy with a cup of tea.


  • To bake on the stovetop in a Kadai or Pressure cooker: Take a big pot, put a wire rack or inverted steel bowl, then cover with a lid and pre-heat for 5-10 mins on medium flame. Place the cookies on a small tray or pan, cover the Kadai and bake on low flame for 20 mins until golden brown. (if using a pressure cooker, do not use the rubber gasket and weight.)
  • If sesame seeds do not stick to the dough, brush some honey on one side of the flattened dough and press in the sesame seeds. This will give the cookie a honey flavor too. 🙂
  • Vinegar in this recipe makes these cookies light and crispy.
  • You don’t need an electric beater to make these, you can easily make these using a wooden spoon.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Syrian
Keyword: Bakery, nutty, Quick & Easy, teatime snack

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