Sunday, December 2, 2012

Recipe: Shirini Keshmeshi - Persian Raisin Cookies

These cookies, called Shirini Keshmeshi (which translates from Farsi to 'Sweets with Raisins') are super easy and delicious. Even for a reluctant baker such as myself, they are damn near foolproof and a great cookie to take to a friend's or put out when a somebody stops by for an afternoon visit. In fact, you probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry - my kind of recipe!

For those of you who grew up in Persian families, you are already familiar with these cookies. Thin yet pillowy and speckled with raisins, Shirini Keshmeshi are typically served with tea.


Shirini Keshmeshi - Persian Raisin Cookies

Shirini Keshmeshi (Persian Raisin Cookies) - Makes about 80 cookies (I usually halve the recipe)
Adapted from Muffin Top
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon golab (rosewater)
1 3/4 cup sugar
4 eggs
2 cups raisins (try to find regular size raisins, not the jumbo ones if possible)
2 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1. Mix up the butter, rosewater (golab), vanilla and sugar until combined.

2. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until smooth.

3. Fold in the raisins.

4. Fold in the flour a bit at a time - this part takes some elbow grease but take your time.

5. Chill the dough in the fridge for 15 minutes while preheating your oven to 350 F degrees.

6. Place teaspoon-sized scoops of dough on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper, and make sure to leave plenty of room between. I only put 8 cookies per sheet - resist the urge to scoop bigger, these cookies spread out a LOT.

7. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until the edges of the cookie are golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool before removing from baking sheet.

8. Serve and enjoy!

Shirini Keshmeshi - Persian Raisin Cookies. Yum! 

15 comments:

  1. Shrini Keshmeshi?!! Can't go wrong with a name like that!! Very, very fine!!

    PJJ

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  2. I LOVE persian desserts (had a good Persian friend growing up!) so it is such a delight to find a recipe! Thank you.

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    1. Awesome! I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it is as well :) enjoy!

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  3. They look very airy and yummy. I am terrible at baking so I am always looking for simple recipes.

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    1. I'm a horrible baker as well, but these were pretty damn easy! I don't even have a mixer ! :)

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  4. Ahu - these do look simple and so tasty! Anything with rosewater gets our vote. Ad it is good, too, because I am always looking for simple Persian desserts after I make a Persian meal. Thanks - will report back when I try them! ~ David

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    1. Thank you David! Me too - I even add rose water to ice cream :) ! Do let me know how it works out!

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  5. Wow, this sound delicious! I just bought a HUGE bag of raisins just waiting to be used. I think I should start here :)

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    1. Thanks Cathleen! Definitely a great way to use up raisins :) Let me know how they come out!

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  6. They look so pretty with the raisins! And, they sound like a perfect snack with a cup of tea.

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I'm about to have one with some tea right now!

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  7. Interesting cookie, especially with the addition of rosewater with the raisins.

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    1. Thanks! It's a subtle flavor but adds real depth to the cookie. I love it. :)

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  8. I just made these to have at the end of a little Persian-ish dinner party, and they're great! Have to try not to eat them all before guests arrive.

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