The name of these cookies literally comes from the fact that they have a distinct baking soda taste. I realise that this description doesn't make you want to jump out of your chair to make these... but trust me. They are so addictive and so unique! They're traditional cookies my mom makes on special occasions that are special to my hometown of Mosul, Iraq.
They’re actually so easy to make (duh - I made them!) and have a delicious subtle sweetness with hints of cardamom. So don't be fooled, they're not your typical super sweet cookie. They're a lot more elevated and they make the perfect tea biscuit! Give them a try and have fun seeing everyone's face as they try them.
Iraqi Soda Cookies
- 1 cup butter melted
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 eggs
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 1-1.5 tbsp ground cardamom (per preference - I like a lot!)
- 5 cups plain flour
- 1 egg for egg wash
- Start by mixing the sugar and butter using an electrical hand mixer until combined.
- Then add eggs and mix for about 5 minutes. Next, add the cardamom and baking soda and mix to combine.
- Finally, start adding the flour in gradually and mix using the electrical mixer. When you get to cup number 3 or 4, you need to start using your hands and ensure the flour is well combined.
- After adding 5 cups of flour, you’ll reach a soft dough consistency. You can refrigerate or roll it out right away.
- Roll to a thickness of about half a centimetre, and use any cookie cutter shapes you like to cut the cookies.
- Place on a lined baking sheet and brush with egg wash.
- Bake at 200C for about 10-15 mins, keep watching them because they bake quickly and you want a light gold colour - don’t brown them! Let cool and enjoy!