Whether you're looking forward to Purim and the tradition of "shalach manot" (the giving of treats) or are planning Easter baskets for friends and family, I have some delicious ideas for you. All these homemade treats, filled with Middle Eastern flavors, are sure to be welcomed by all and none are hard to make.
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These buttery shortbread cookies are flavored with cardamom and rolled in crushed pistachios for a bit of tasty crunch. Get the recipe here.
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These little doughnut holes are baked, not fried, so you can indulge with less guilt. Or just eat more, which is what I do. Get the recipe here.
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Hamantaschen (Hamen's ears) are the traditional Purim holiday cookie. Buttery short dough, shaped into a triangle, with a sweet filling in the middle. Poppy seed, prune and apricot are traditional but I love this honey date version just as much. Get the recipe here.
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Speaking of that delicious honey and date filling, I love it sandwiched between two cookies and served with a cold glass of milk. Get the recipe here.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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If there's anything better than fresh baked chocolate chip cookies it would have to be this version with tahini and sea salt. I'm seriously addicted. Get the recipe here.
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For a twist on traditional cookies, I love rugelach. Flaky dough, rolled in chocolate and spices and topped with cinnamon sugar for extra deliciousness. Get the recipe here.
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If you grew up eating buckeye candy, that delightful combination of sweetened peanut butter covered in chocolate, you'll adore this tahini version. Get the recipe here.
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Love pie but don't love fussing with pie crusts? A galette is the answer. Tender flaky pie dough, filled with pears and chopped pistachios, and folded over to make a free-form treat. Get the recipe here.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Honey cakes are not just for the new year. This easy quick bread, filled with honey and spices, is as easy to make as it is to eat. We recommend a big pot of tea to go alongside. Get the recipe here.
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Late winter/early spring is blood orange season and I can't never let that go by without using them in everything. This easy loaf cake is flavored with cardamom and gets a sweet blood orange glaze over top. Get the recipe here.
Whether you're celebrating a holiday or just the arrival of beautiful spring, these treats are sure to put a smile on everyone's face.