Turkish Sweetheart Dessert / Sekerpare

Sweetheart Dessert Sekerpar

Isn’t “sweetheart “ a lovely name for a dessert. I actually find it very nice when food names have a meaning such as this one. This is a again a very common dessert made in Turkish houses. It is easy to make, so both moms and kids like it.

It is also a two sided recipe. You can skip preparing the syrup and eat or serve what you bake as a cookie or pour syrup on top to serve as a dessert.

Sweetheart Dessert Sekerpare

The trick about Turkish desserts that require syrup is you have either one of them hot, the other cold. So you either have hot syrup and cold cookies or vise versa. It is generally the cookies that are hot though.

There are other things about this recipe that you can play around with. You will notice that I have put almonds on top of the cookies. You can replace these with nuts too. You can replace equal amount of flour with  2 table spoons of coconut powder and/or 4 table spoons of semolina for additional flavor.

The good thing about this recipe is that it makes only about 17 cookies. So you wont have to eat too much, if you are on a life time dieat like I am.

Sweetheart Dessert Sekerpare

I hope you agree that they do look and taste great. Enjoy.

Turkish Sweetheart Dessert/Sekerpare
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This dessert has such a lovely name. Easy to make. You can use the recipe either to make desserts or cookies.
Servings Prep Time
17 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
17 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Turkish Sweetheart Dessert/Sekerpare
Print Recipe
This dessert has such a lovely name. Easy to make. You can use the recipe either to make desserts or cookies.
Servings Prep Time
17 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
17 cookies 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Syrup
Servings: cookies
Instructions
Syrup
  1. Start with the syrup, as you will need time to have it cool.
  2. Put the sugar in a pot. Add the water and cook to boil. You don't have to mix.
  3. After the water boils, add a dessert spoon of lemon juice to the syrup.
  4. Boil for about 5 more minutes more and close the heat. Set aside to cool. You can do this earlier in the day or the previous day.
Cookies
  1. Melt the margarine and set aside to cool.
  2. Break one of the eggs in a large mixing bowl and add 100 gram powdered sugar. Mix well with a whisker. If you cannot find powdered sugar use a food processor to turn granulated white sugar to powdered sugar.
  3. Then add the margarine that is cooled by now. Mix for about 5 minutes again with a whisker.
  4. Sieve the vanilla, baking powder and the flour in a separate bowl. Add to the mixture slowly, while mixing with your hand. Knead to obtain a non-sticky dough.
  5. When the dough is not sticking to your fingers anymore try to make a small ball. If you can, it means your dough is ready.
  6. Then turn the dough into a large ball. Cover it with a paper towel and set aside for about 10 minutes.
  7. Now is a good time to start the oven so it heats up to 160 degrees.
  8. Make small – walnut sized - balls from the dough and gently press to make the shape in the picture. Place a nut or similar in the middle.
  9. Separate the second egg’s yolk. Gently brush the top of each ball with this egg yolk to make them brighter when in the oven.
  10. Then place each one on an oven tray with an oven paper on it. They should have room to expand, they should not touch each other. You should obtain about 17 cookies.
  11. Cook for about 20 minutes until they are well done and brownish on top and bottom. Your cookies are ready, it is upto you to eat or serve them as cookies, if you want to have a dessert please continue.
Dessert
  1. The trick about the syrup is that the cookies should be warm and the syrup should be cold.
  2. As soon as you take out the cookies from the oven put them in a deep serving dish and pour all the syrup on top. Be generous with the syrup, the cookies will soak it up quickly. Cover your serving dish with a tray until serving.
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