Milk cookies - kaak bi haleeb

As you can probably tell by the lack of posts, I've been struggling a bit with finding the time to blog. I miss my blog and my readers, and I'm sorry for leaving you that long!! Between the family and the friends, I'm hardly sleeping... but I feel GREAT and HAPPY.

I'll share with you in this post, some of the pictures I took on a journey we spent in wadi kadisha (kadisha valley). Kadisha is one of the deepest valleys in Lebanon, it's indeed a whole world apart; a deep gorge carved by the Kadisha river whose source is in the kadisha grotto at the foot of the Cedars. 

Wadi kadisha means the "Holy Valley". Filled with caves and rock shelters inhabited from the third millennium B.C. to the Roman period, the valley is scattered with cave chapels, hermitages and monasteries cut from rock. Since the Early Middle Ages generations of monks, hermits, ascetics and anchorites found asylum here.

1 kg flour
200 g butter, melted
2 cups milk
400 g sugar
1 ½ tsp mastica
2 tsp mahlab
1 tbsp orange blossom water
1 tbsp rosewater
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp yeast
½ tbsp ground nutmeg

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together except the milk.

Gradually add in the milk and knead well until you form a smooth dough. Leave the dough to rest for at least 6 hours in a warm place.

Divide the dough into small balls and then roll each ball into a long thin cylinder and stick the ends together forming ring.

Transfer the dough rings on trays and bake in the oven on the middle rack for 20 mins at 350ºF (180ºC).

kaak au lait

1 kg farine
200 g beurre, fondu
0.5 litre de lait
400 g de sucre
1 ½ càc mastic
2 càc mahlab
1 càs d'eau de fleurs d'oranger
1 càs d'eau de rose
1 càs de levure chimique
1 càs de levure boulangere
½ càs de noix de muscade

Dans un grand saladier, mélangez tous les ingrédients sauf le lait.

Graduellement, versez le lait et pétrissez pour former une boule homogène. Laissez-la reposer environ 6 heures.

Divisez la pâte en de petites boules, roulez-la en forme d'un cylindre puis soudez la pâte en formant des anneaux.

Transférez les kaaks sur une plaque à patisserie et enfournez-les pendant 20 mn à 180ºC.


  1. Is this a Lebanese recipe? I like it! As well as your photos... I quite curious about the use of baking powder together with yeast. I'll try it...
    Thank you and ciao,


  2. Mmmh, j'adore les kaaks bi haleeb ! Tes photos donnent envie ! Tu me manques..... Khallas l'annee prochaine je viens avec toi au Liban
    Bisous d'amour,

  3. Great that you are back! Those cookies are lovely. I'd love to visit Lebanon.



  4. Beautiful scenery! I love the recipe, I m sure I will try it soon. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. @ Sabrine, yes this is a lebanese recipe.
    @ Gigi: Tu me manques bcppp!! je kiffe le Liban :)

  6. Yummy cookies and the scenery is gorgeous!

  7. Glad you're back! What beautiful photos! The recipe looks delightful--will try!

  8. what a beautiful pics!

    have a nice time!

  9. Beautiful pictures of sceneries and beautiful cookies. The cookies look like little cute. Appreciate your time to post despite your busyness. Please take care. Hope you have a wonderful day.

  10. Love the looks of these cookies, and your scenery photos are WONDERFUL!!! :-)

  11. These cookies are definitely speaking to me. They look fantastic. Have a great time!

  12. C'est marrant! j'etais sur le point d'en faire aujourd'hui! j'ai un copain qui va visiter la vallée de la kadisha chaque année, il adore! Moi aussi, mais c;est une trottede la ou je suis!
    Bisous et tes photos sont superbes!

  13. Amazing view of the valley! And, delicious-looking cookies.

  14. Welcome back, glad you had a great holiday - being with family and friends is wonderful, tiring, full of ups and downs but is an ingredient in life's great tonic.

  15. Welcome back from your trip and thanks for sharing these images of Lebanon that I wouldn't see otherwise. Beautiful views!

  16. What breath taking pictures, is it still in use?
    Thanks for the cookie recipe I haven't had these since I was a small child and my granma made them for being good.

  17. Magnificent scenery! Milk cookies look cute!

  18. Cherine, the milk cookies look so yummie and the pictures are awesome :-)

  19. Wow...what a beautiful place. Great pictures, and the cookies looks delicious.

  20. coucou chicho :)))

    tes cookies ont l'air super bons, s'il ten reste, j'en veux bien :))))

  21. tentant mais il y a des ingrédients relativement introuvables ici...

  22. My Aunt does not make it like this. I wish I could find her original recipe just using yeast, olive oil, flour, mahlab and sugar.

  23. I am lebanese and I tried the recipe. Let me tell you that it is so delicious really.
    Thank you.

  24. @ Anonymous: Glad you liked it :)
    have a great day!

  25. Thank you for this amazing recipe!! My mom and I make these every Easter and when we moved, we lost the recipe we've used and loved. For the past 10 years we've tried one recipe after another and could never replicate our original recipe...until now! We tried your recipe and it's exactly like the one from my childhood!! Thank you!!!


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