Ingredient: orange blossom water

Ma’amoul Cookies

Ma’amoul Cookies

Cookies of my Childhood When I think of home and my childhood, the scent of rose and orange blossom water linger in my mind. Those are the most distinct flavors and smells of most Middle Eastern desserts.  I can remember watching my mom in the…

Lebanese Sfouf Cake

Lebanese Sfouf Cake

There is something about the smell of Lebanese desserts that just whisk me away to my childhood. Rose water, orange blossom water, anise, mahlab, those are the most intoxicating smells. So much so, that the second my son walked in the door from school today,…

Lebanese BakLAWA

Lebanese BakLAWA

I remember so fondly my parents making all the Lebanese desserts over the holidays. Our holiday cookies looked a little different than our friends’ cookies. Ingredients like semolina, farina, phyllo dough were common. The standard chocolate chip cookie wasn’t the norm at my house. Our…

Lebanese Shortbread Cookies

Lebanese Shortbread Cookies

  Tis’ the season, deck the halls and be merry!!! It’s that time of year again and with the holidays comes time to bake ALL THE COOKIES! Right about now my kitchen is a royal disaster 90% of the day…cooking + baking + chasing the…

Lebanese Date Cookies

Lebanese Date Cookies

My wonderful, beautiful sister is getting married this month. I’m so elated to be in Pennsylvania for her special day and of course to help in the baking frenzy of 2017! My mom is the baking queen, well, only when it comes to Lebanese desserts! She…