Delightful Habbat Al-Barakah: Nigella Seed Cookies


Indulge in the rich flavors and unique textures of Habbat Al-Barakah, also known as Nigella Seed Cookies. These traditional Middle Eastern cookies, flavored with the earthy and slightly peppery taste of nigella seeds, offer a delightful treat that's both exotic and comforting. Perfect with a cup of tea or coffee, these cookies bring a taste of cultural heritage to your everyday snacks.

Delightful Habbat Al-Barakah: Nigella Seed Cookies

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 24 cookies
  • Serving Size: 1 cookie

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 100 kcal
  • Protein: 2g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Fiber: 1g


  • All-purpose flour: 250g (2 cups)
  • Butter: 125g (1/2 cup), softened
  • Sugar: 100g (1/2 cup)
  • Egg: 1 large
  • Nigella seeds: 2 tablespoons (20g)
  • Baking powder: 1 teaspoon (5g)
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon (2.5g)
  • Vanilla extract: 1 teaspoon (5ml)
  • Milk: 2 tablespoons (30ml)

Method of Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla extract, and beat until well combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, and nigella seeds.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mixing until a dough forms. If the dough is too dry, add milk one tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together.
  6. Roll the dough into small balls (about 1 inch in diameter) and place them on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.
  7. Gently flatten each ball with the back of a spoon or your fingers.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
  9. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Enjoy these cookies with a hot cup of tea or coffee for a delightful treat.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Make sure the butter is softened but not melted for the perfect cookie texture.
  • You can add a touch of cardamom or cinnamon for additional flavor.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container to keep them fresh for up to a week.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Q: Can I substitute the butter with margarine? A: Yes, you can use margarine, but the texture and flavor might slightly differ.
  2. Q: Are nigella seeds the same as black sesame seeds? A: No, nigella seeds have a distinct flavor and are not interchangeable with black sesame seeds.
  3. Q: Can I freeze the dough? A: Yes, you can freeze the dough for up to a month. Thaw it in the refrigerator before baking.

Treat yourself to the exquisite taste of Habbat Al-Barakah, where each bite of these nigella seed cookies brings a burst of unique flavor and a touch of tradition. Perfect for any occasion, these cookies not only satisfy your sweet tooth but also connect you with the rich culinary heritage of the Middle East. Share them with friends and family, and create delightful moments together.