This cookie was eaten on the podcast in episode 100



  • 1 cup sunflower oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3½ cups white plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ¼ cup semolina
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1-2 teaspoons cognac (or brandy/whiskey)


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup sugar
    (You may find that the syrup is too much, but we like our desserts swimming in gooey sweetness. You could reduce the quantities to ¾ or ½ cup each)


  1. You mix the oil, sugar, semolina, cinnamon and cognac in a bowl.
  2. Mix the flour with the baking powder and add them slowly to the oil mix while whisking.
  3. Preheat the oven at 350 F and put a baking sheet on your tray.
  4. Shape the cookies from the dough into oblong/oval, 3 inch long pieces and place them on the tray.
  5. Bake for 20-25 mins. Remove them from the oven and let them cool a bit (10 – 15 minutes) without touching them or else they’ll crumble.
  6. In a pot add the 3 ingredients for the syrup and wait until they boil.
  7. Remove the pot from the fire and pour the syrup on the cookies.
  8. Let them sit in the syrup until they are completely cool and then remove them from the tray with all the excess syrup and put them in a plate or a container.
  9. You may choose to sprinkle cinnamon and crushed almonds on top, but I personally prefer them plain, like that. Tis done.