The Feast Of Sacrifice And Flour Cookies

The Feast Of Sacrifice And Flour Cookies |

There are two religious festivals in Islam, Ramadan (Eid ul-Fitr) and The Feast of Sacrifice (Eid ul-Adha). As the biggest part of Turkey’s population consists of muslims, these two festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm, and the festival days are officially off; schools and official workplaces give a break. Today is the eve of The Sacrifice Feast and people will be celebrating it for 4 days. So I have a 9-day-break, which started on Saturday and I made these flour cookies to celebrate the feast!

People sacrifice animals like sheep, ram, camel or ox generally on the first day of this festival. Non muslims might have some prejudices about it as they think it is like a massacre. However, there are some rules for sacrificing animals. For one thing, your financial position must be good enough to buy that animal, so it is not a must to sacrifice animals for everyone. Second, it’s not a festival of cutting and eating animals. It is a way of sharing and helping people. You must give one third of the animal to relatives, one third to poor people. The rest is left to the family who sacrifices the animal and served to guests in different dishes.

The Feast of Sacrifice is similar to Ramadan. New clothes are bought especially for children and people wear clean and neat. They visit their relatives and friends, cook together and have big lunch or dinners of meat dishes together. Something sweet such as candies, chocolate, Turkish delight, or special Turkish desserts are seerved to guests. Kids kiss hands of elders and elders reward them with pocket money. Also, kids from the same neighborhood knock your door for candies.

As I don’t like packaged candies, I thought it would be great to serve something I make at home. You know I made some cute date balls in Ramadan. And I decided to make these small and cute flour cookies for this feast. Flour cookies are one of the most popular cookies in Turkey. You can find it in all pastry shops and some cafe shops serve flour cookies with Turkish coffee or tea. So I am looking forward to seeing how kids at the door will react tomorrow when they see me holding a plate full of these flour cookies.

The Feast Of Sacrifice And Flour Cookies |

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The Feast Of Sacrifice And Flour Cookies
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Flour cookies that are melting in mouth!
  • 125g butter
  • ¼ cup sunflower oil
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp vanilla powder
  • 1 and ½ cup flour
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar for the top
  1. Preheat the oven at 150C.
  2. Mix the butter, oil and sugar.
  3. Add starch, vanilla, and flour. Combine them well with your hand.
  4. Lay baking sheet on an oven tray.
  5. Make small balls and place on the tray.
  6. Press on them gently with a fork to have a cute design on them.
  7. Cook them about 30 minutes.
  8. Take them from oven and transfer on a wire rack.
  9. When they get warm losing some heat, sprinkle icing sugar on each.
Nutrition Information
30 cookies



  1. Roxan says

    These cookies look so fluffy and delicious!
    Thank you for that info on the sacrifice fest, it was really interesting for me. I really like how you are supposed to give a lot of the meat away – it sounds like a lot of giving AND receiving! :) Sharing is a wonderful thing.

  2. says

    Eid Mubarak, Zerrin! These cookies are gorgeous, definitely perfect for the celebration!

  3. says

    As always I have learned something new by coming here, as I knew very little about the Feast of Sacrifice. I’ve also learned about some flour cookies that I’d like to make – I hope the kids who visited liked them!

  4. says

    I love these soft flour cookies.. I could eat lots of them. Are they similar to those soft Japanese flour cookies?? SO delicious!! And you’ve made them so perfectly too.. looks awesome!

  5. Mateja says

    Happy Eid Zerrin^_^ What a wonderful cookies that will certainly bring smiles on young ones faces!

  6. says

    I love learning more about your culture through the recipes that you share with us. I’m fairly unfamiliar with these traditions, and I feel like I walk away with so much each time I visit you. Thank you for sharing. May peace and beauty shower down this week!

  7. talya from israel says

    Happy id and thanx for the lovely recipe.
    Long ago i used to live,for a while,in Istanbul and easyly i felt in love with the town,the people,the food,the country…

  8. says

    Tasteofbeirut- Yes, these are called kurabiye in Turkish, sounds similar. We have several common foods I guess.

    Annco- That is one thing I love about these cookies, too. They have no eggs and it’s very easy to make.

    Torviewtoronto- Thank you! Happy eid to you too!

    Ryan- Thank you!

    Dimah- Eid mubarek to you too!

    Faith- Happy Eid to you and your family! Kids loved these cookies.

    Lauren- I’m not sure I understand crbly texture. It looks hard outside, but you should put your palm below your mouth when you have the first bite as it is melting in your mouth.

    Roxan- Sharing is the biggest value that all humanity must learn. And this festival reminds it well to people in our country.

    Stamatia- We call them ‘kurabiye’ in Turkish, so they are probably very similar.

    DailySpud- Glad to hear that you love my posts. It’s the same for me about your blog. You broaden my view about potatoes. I must make more for the next festival, kids loved these.

    Kimba- No idea about Japanese cookies, but yes these are soft inside although they look hard outside. Thanks for your kind words.

    Mateja- Happy Eid to you too! They loved these and I must make more for the next time.

    Monet- Happy to hear you love my posts. Thanks for your nice words.
    Jeroxie- Must search for mochi.

    Cherine- They absolutely are!

    5 Star- I do love how they look too. Aren’t they so cute? Kids always love these and I’m sure your daughter loves it too.

    Talya- Happy Eid to you too! Istanbul is such a magical city, I always fall in love with it whenever I visit. And you always have the chance of tasting various dishes in our cuisine.

  9. Leesie says

    Fascinating post. You know I always love learning more about your culture. The cookies sound and look heavenly – lovely recipe and photo.

    Eid Mubarak, to you and your husband, Zerrin!

  10. OysterCulture says

    This is a post that shows why I love coming to your blog. I learned something, and I gained an incredible sounding cooking recipe. This is truly the gift that keeps on giving as I intend to bake these cookies to share. Thank you!

  11. says

    You know what? when I am craving something sweet. i come to your website. always has easy to make recipes and all the recipes that I had tried had been great.
    I will try to make these tomorrow and come back to let you know how they came out.

  12. says


    These cookies are indeed a delight. They really melt in your mouth.
    I did take a few notes. The dough was softer than a regular cookie dough. I added a few tablespoons of flour but still was in the wet side. I decide to place in the fridge for about 20 minutes and then proceed to form the small balls. The cookies I made were the size of a cherry, very small. The recipe rendered 26 cookies. The cooking time at 350 F was about 11-12 minutes. I removed because the edges of the cookies were getting golden but in the dark side. They were perfect, just as you mention. You need to place you hand when eating them to avoid the crumbs.

    Thanks! This recipe is a keeper. Plus super easy!

    • says

      Thank you Mely for sharing the result here. Glad to hear you love these cookies.
      I don’t understand why the amount of flour is not enough in your case. Maybe it is because our flour is different. You know different brands can cause such differences. Waiting them in refrigerator is a great idea. As for baking duration, yours might have lasted shorter because of their size. The smaller the cookies, the shorter you bake them.

  13. Bilkan says

    Dear Zerrin, its great to find basic Turkish food that we all (well not me but most of us) know here… Can you please give the ingredients in metric and maybe add some Turkish measurement terms like glass, teaspoon, turkish coffee cup etc for your citizens :) or even total Turkish translations :). Great blog, great pictures!

  14. dennis pizzo says

    What is icing sugar??? where do you get this??? how do you make it? It look like powdered sugar


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