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Turkish Sekerpare Cookies
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Sekerpare – Turkish Semolina Cookies

Sekerpare - Turkish Semolina Cookies are soft and tender cookies, perfect for tea time with citrus flavors.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Turkish
Servings: 14 cookies
Calories: 269.87kcal


  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup semolina
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 12-14 blanched and peeled almonds
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Syrup Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ¼ cup orange juice


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and spray with non stick spray.
  • Make the syrup first since it needs time to cool.
  • In a saucepan, combine sugar, water and orange juice.
  • Boil for about 10-15 minute, stirring occasionally,, until a thin syrup consistency.
  • Leave to cool.
  • Meanwhile, combine butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, combine semolina, baking powder and flour.
  • Using a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until you have a smooth consistency.
  • Add egg and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Add half of the flour combination and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Add the remaining flour combination and knead by hand until you have a smooth dough that sticks together. The dough will barely stick together. It is a somewhat crumbly dough.
  • With wet hands, grab a walnut sized ball of dough and roll into a ball. Flatten into a disc and place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Place each cookie a few inches apart and be sure to wet your hands between each cookies to get smooth cookies.
  • Press an almond in the center of each cookies.
  • Brush the tops with milk.
  • Transfer to oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Check the syrup. If it has thickened too much, add a little water and place on the stove and whisk just until you have a smooth consistency, 1-2 minutes.
  • Rotate the cookies in the syrup a few times until it is well coated on all sides. Leave the cookies to dry.


Makes 12-14 cookies.


Calories: 269.87kcal | Carbohydrates: 47.6g | Protein: 3.39g | Fat: 7.75g | Saturated Fat: 4.38g | Sodium: 85.75mg | Fiber: 0.86g | Sugar: 29.11g
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