Iran, this country with original culture and civilization, has all kinds and varieties of traditional pastries, cookies, and sweets. Shirini Keshmeshi (شیرینی کشمشی) is one of these traditional pastries that we are going to talk about it in this article.
This sweet cookies name tells us a lot about it. If we translate it, it exactly means “Raisin cookies.” The word “Shirini” means sweet of cookies, and it is used for any Persian pastries generally. The term “Keshmeshi” refers to cookie raisins and means that it has raisin. These traditional Persian sweet raisin cookies are well-known all over Iran, and every Persian child grows up loving and eating these cookies. A kind of irresistible texture of pillowy soft and easily chewy, which is made from oatmeal makes no one can stop eating it. For everyone who has lived in Iran, Shirini Keshmeshi is full of childhood memories.
Different types of Shirini Keshmeshi
There is only a single type of Shirini Keshmeshi with a simple cuisine that is well-known all over Iran. The only thing we can tell you about it is making some differences in its taste and its appearance. Some people like it a bit sweeter and some others like it less sweet. Also, you can use both black and golden raisins according to your preference in the recipe of Persian raisin cookies.
Important Nutrition facts:
This simple sweet raisin cookies have a high calorie with 204 kcal per 100gr. It is a remarkable source of carbohydrates with 20gr per 100gr. The amounts of sodium are notable, with 80mg (4%) per 100gr. It can be harmful because of the Glucose amount with h 11gr per 100gr for people with diabetes.
The other primary materials which you can see in small quantities are dietary fiber with 1.5gr per 100gr. A protein with 2.9gr per 100gt, potassium with 119mg per 100gr. Iron 6% per 100gr, calcium with 2% per 100gr, and vitamin A with 4% per 100gr.
Serving style of Shirini Keshmeshi:
These sweet Persian raisin cookies are one of the famous pastry which can be served in parties, and almost everyone, especially children, loves it. It also is served in Norowz holiday as a second simple pastry. It can be served as well as a light evening meal along with a cup of fresh brewed bot Persian tea. We should say that a cup of milk or cocoa milk will be so pleasant beside it, too.
If you are a vegetarian and you want to taste Shirini Keshmeshi Since it is a kind of pastry and it has not any meat in its recipe. So it is available and suitable for your diet. The only material which a vegan can sharp is its eggs that they can`t be replaced with anything else. So we are sorry that vegans can`t taste these delicious cookies.
What are the Ingredients of Shirini Keshmeshi?
The main ingredients for making these traditional raisin cookies are as simple as anyone has them in their refrigerator only as water. Eggs, raisin, butter, flour, vanilla, and sugar are the materials that are needed to cook this sweet. Of course, sometimes, you need some more material for flavoring it more like Golab (rosewater) and cardamom powder or some nuts powder like pistachios. You must take notice that your butter should be an unsalted type. Also, we should say that if you use a pure vanilla powder, which is a little bit more pricy, it will extract tastes great.
How to cook Shirini Keshmeshi?
This recipe is a straightforward one that someone who is not a good cooker, can quickly cook it just by following the recipe `s single steps. Preparing the ingredients only takes 30 minutes you. Then you need to combine your ingredients except for raisins whit a mixture. Using an electronic one can help you better. You should mix them until having a smooth, fluffy dough. After that, you should fold your raisins into the sweet`s dough. Finely you scoop the dough on the sheet you have prepared before—the end steps you put the tray into the oven that you have preheated from 30 minutes ago. You need to bake them for 15-20 minutes. It also requires just only 5 minutes to be cooling down. So you can have charming cookies only in 50 minutes.
this recipe is adequate for five people. The preparation time is about 20 minutes, and the cooking time is 30 minutes.
- 1 cup of butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon rosewater (Golab)
- ¾ cup of sugar
- 4 eggs
- ⅓ cup flour
- 2 cup sraisin (regular size of raisins would be more suitable than jumbo ones)
- Turn on the oven and preheat it at 150C.
- Grab a bowl and combine the butter, vanilla, sugar, and rosewater in it.
- And the eggs one by one and mix them until you have a smooth dough.
- Fold in your raisin.
- Pout in your flour a bit at a time.
- Refrigerate your prepared dough for at least 15 min.
- Scoop the dough and make some small balls. The size of a ping-pong ball is suitable.
- Put your dough balls on the cookie sheet with wax paper.
- Place them on the tray with plenty of room between them because they will spread out a lot.
- Bake them for 15-20 minutes and check them if they are golden brown on edge.
- Take them out of the oven.
- Let them cool for almost 10 minutes.
- Remove them from the cookie sheet.
- Serve your cookies and enjoy them.
- You can make some changes in the color of the cookies by adding some brewed saffron and make a golden yellow color.
- The dough of Shirini Keshmeshi would surlily spread out a bit. So make sure you leave enough room between them when you drop the spoon of them on the cookie sheet.
- You can use margarine instead of unsalted butter. But never use vegetable or coconut oil because those kinds of oil, change the texture and taste of the cookies.
- If you want to store some of these cookies, put them in an airtight container in a dry and cool place. You can keep them for three days without staling with this keeping method.
- Don`t forget that Serving a cup of fresh brewed Persian tea of a cup of milk or cocoa milk along with this cookie makes it more and more pleasant in the evening.