METALandMIRRORS: Recipe: Mahlab Cookies

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Recipe: Mahlab Cookies

Mahlab can be used as a secret weapon to add to any dessert or sweet bread as it is mostly a baking spice. It is a spice that is not commonly used here in the States and most likely would be found in an Indian Grocery or Middle Eastern Market, especially around Easter. Of course, Amazon is a great place, as well.

Though it doesn't have a list of healthy benefits for this spice it does have a few benefits depending on where you are in the world and how that culture uses it. Because of the presence of coumarin in the seed, it does have anti-inflammatory properties. This is prescribed in the Middle East for patients with kidney stones. As always, please remember, while adding spices into your diet can be a good thing, consult a physician if have any questions or when in doubt. Some spices alter medication, have side effects, or can even cause an allergic reaction.

Generally speaking, you would want to use a teaspoon of Mahlab per cup of flour in any given sweet recipe to add some pizzazz. It is kind of like Nutmeg or Cinnamon, in that, you don't need much of it to make a statement.

Some items needed are, white cake mix, eggs, ground mahlab, and oil. If prefer, chocolate chips or sprinkles can be added to spruce up the cookie.

Preheat oven to 350*F.

Mix together 1 - 18 ounce package of white cake mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, and 2 teaspoons of ground mahlab in a large bowl.

Make little balls with the dough and place on ungreased cookie sheet about 1 to 2 inches apart.

Place cookie sheet in oven for about 8 minutes. Remove and let cool.

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