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Middle Eastern Desserts

Explore the sweet side of Middle Eastern food with this collection of recipes featuring Middle Eastern pastries, sweets, and desserts.

Cinnamon Date Cake
This cinnamon date cake is full of flavor! It's the perfect ending to any meal or excellent alongside a cup of coffee for a midafternoon treat.

Awamat - Crisp Doughnut Balls
These crisp, doughnut balls are coated in simple syrup and the perfect dessert for any occassion.

Middle Eastern Desserts - What is Your Favorite Middle Eastern Desser…
I'm pretty sure everyone has a sweet tooth. Who can resist such gooey goodness as baklava? Or how many of us can actually turn down figs in syrup if they're offered to us? I know I can't. Middle Eastern cuisine is full of delightful desserts and sweets that are sure to satisfy the most severe craving for sugar. Is there a Middle Eastern dessert you just can't say no to? Share your favorite, or fa…

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Chocolate Covered Dates
Chocolate covered dates are one of the best best candies to have with coffee or just as a small treat. Try this chocolate covered date recipe for an easy treat.

Knefe Recipe
Knefe is a traditional lebanese dessert made with phyllo and cheese.

Rice Pudding with Rosewater
This rice pudding takes on a Middle Eastern twist with one ingredient rosewater. Many Middle Eastern desserts contain rosewater.

Figs and Syrup
Fig lovers will love this recipe that features sweet figs drizzled with syrup. This is a light dessert that will satisfy any sweet tooth.

Pistachio Baklava Recipe
Try these nutty variation of a traditional classic Middle Eastern dessert. Baklava is made with layered phyllo dough, a crisp flaky dough.

Chocolate Baklava
This chocolate baklava is a tasty variation of a classic dessert. Light and flaky phyllo combined with sweet chocolate and syrup will get your mouth watering. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Best Middle Eastern Desserts Made with Phyllo
I’ll be the first to admit that I absolutely love desserts! Some of my favorite Middle Eastern dishes are desserts, and I know exactly why: phyllo! Though it is often mistaken for puff pastry, phyllo is a dough native to the Middle East made from flour, water, and a little bit of oil. It is rolled into thin, nearly translucent sheets of dough and used to make such sweets as baklava and kona…

Quatayef with Cheese
Qatayef is a special dessert, commonly served during Ramadan. Sometimes called "arabic pancakes", qatayef is filled with sweet cheese or nuts and then fried or baked. This is recipe is for cheese qatayef and is fried.

Easy Qatayef with Nuts Recipe - Arabic Stuffed Pancakes
Qatayef is a special dessert, commonly served during Ramadan. Sometimes called "arabic pancakes", qatayef is filled with sweet cheese and nuts and then fried or baked. This is a very easy recipe for qatayef.

Konafah with Ricotta
Recipe for konafah, a Middle Eastern pastry that is made with phyllo dough.

Haysa Al-Tumreya - Dip for Dates
This dip from Saudi Arabia is perfect for dipping dates.

Sfouf (Almond Semolina Cake)
Sfouf is a sweet almond cake from Lebanon. This sfouf recipe is easy and delicious!

Date Nut Bread
Date nut bread is perfect as a light dessert or even breakfast. Perfect with coffee, this date nut bread recipe is sure to please!

Syrup Recipe
Here you will find a recipe for a common dessert syrup used in many desserts.

Baked Quince
Baked quinces are a great fall dessert. Quinces are like an apple or pear, with a little more tartness.

Lokma (Fried Sweet Dough)
Lokma is a Turkish fried sweet dough, that is covered in a simple syrup. Served as a dessert, lokma is a popular coffee accompaniment. This lokma recipe is foolproof!

Coconut Dates
Dates rolled in coconut shavings make the perfect, not-too-sweet dessert that is perfect with coffee or tea. This coconut date recipe is simple and tastes amazing!

Pomegranate Jelly with Splenda
Make your very own pomegranate jelly using Splenda, a low calorie sugar substitute.

Pomegranate Jelly
Pomegranate jelly makes the perfect spread for breads, breakfast foods, and other foods. This pomegranate jelly recipe is foolproof!

Pomegranate Syrup
Pomegranate syrup is perfect for breads, desserts, pancakes and other sweets. This pomegranate syrup recipe is both simple and delicious.

Stuffed Dates Recipe
Almond stuffed dates, rolled powdered suagar are the perfect accompaniment for coffee or tea. This stuffed date recipe calls for dates, almonds and powdered sugar.

Sigara Boregi - Turkish Cigar Pastry
Sigara boregi is a Turkish cigar shaped pastry made with feta cheese and phyllo dough. This fried pastry is perfect with coffee, but can be eaten as an appetizer or side dish.

Basbousa - Semolina Cakes with Syrup
Basbousa are small cakes that are covered with syrup. The are perfect with coffee or tea. This basbousa recipe is very easy.

Date Filled Ma'amoul Recipe
Recipe for ma'amoul, a cookie filled with dates. The cookie is almost pastry-like.

Ma'amoul - Nut Filled Cookie
Recipe for ma'amoul, a nut filled cookie-like pastry that is sweet, yet nutty. Ma'amoul is served in celebrations in the Middle East.

Umm Ali Recipe - Egyptian Bread Pudding
Umm Ali, also called Om Ali, is an Egyptian version od bread pudding. Made with puff pastry and a few other key ingredients, this dessert is heavenly.

Hab el hal - Cardamom Cookies
Hab el hal, or cardamom cookies are the perfect cookie to eat with coffee or tea. The cardamom really makes a unique flavor for a cookie. Children will love these cookies that come from Palestine.

Chlada Fakya - Fruit Salad
Chlada fakya is a delicious fruit salad from Algeria. This recipe for Chlada fakya has some spices which make such a difference!

Ghoraibi - Butter Cookies
These butter cookies hail from Lebanon. They are sweet, but the sweetness is cut by blanced almond topping.

Roz Bel Laban - Rice Pudding
Roz bel laban or rice pudding is a fvorite Middle Eastern dessert. This recipe for roz bel laban is very easy and sure to be a hit!

Baklava - Baklawa
Baklava, or baklawa in many Middle Eastern countries, is a delicious pastry that is known worldwide. There are many variations to baklava, depending on where in the Middle East you are, but this is by far the most popular.

Halva
This recipe for halva comes from Iran. There are many variations, such as Jewish halva or greek halva. It is a sweet pastry served with tea or coffee.

Turkish Delight -Lokum
Recipe for Turkish Delight, a sweet candy from Turkey. Turish Delight was featured in the book "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe".

Fresh Fruit with Rose Water Syrup
This dessert makes a great summertime dessert. You can use different types of fruit according to taste or the season. It is also great for entertaining.

Sesame Seed Cookies
These tasty cookies are guaranteed to win over anyone who tastes them. Perfect for kids and adults alike!

Baklava Pictures
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Tahini Walnut Cookies
A unique, nutty cookie sure to please even the sweetest sweet tooth.

Pomegranate Popsicles
You may have noticed the flavor of pomegranates are popping up everywhere in your local grocery store. Here's another unique way to enjoy them!

Baked Rice Pudding with Dates
When fresh dates are in season use them to turn plain rice pudding into an unforgettable end to your meal.

Date Nut Muffins
These date nut muffins provide a quick breakfast or a hearty snack that is perfect anytime of the year.

Halloween Turkish Delight
Love the candy Turkish Delight? Why not serve it to your little ghouls and ghosts this Halloween? They are perfect in small bags and colored black, orange, and purple.

Oatmeal Date Cookie Recipe
You will love these oatmeal date cookies! These are just like regular oatmeal raisin cookies, but the raisins are substituted with dates.

Pistachio Rice Pudding Recipe
This rice pudding recipe if perfect for those who love pistachio nuts! It gives the nice flavor to the cinnamon and vanilla and really adds to the texture.

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