Flavored with za'atar (wild thyme) and a little bit of garlic and pepper, these cracker-like treats take their name from a traditional Moroccan cookie called fekkas. This particular version of fekkas is made quite tiny – about the size of a fingernail – and is typically offered as a snack with Moroccan tea or coffee.
Although easy to prepare, a big batch can become a bit tedious due to the small size of the cookies. For that reason this recipe yields only a small quantity. Double the recipe if you prefer. The cookies store very well in air-tight containers.
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Freezing time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 52 minutes
Yield: 4 cups, approx.
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) milk
- 1/4 cup (50 g) butter, melted
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) vegetable oil
- 1 small cube beef or vegetable bouillon, crumbled
- 1 clove garlic, grated
- 2 1/2 cups (315 g) flour, approx.
- 2 tablespoons dried za'atar or thyme, crumbled
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Mix the egg, milk, butter, oil, bouillon and garlic in a bowl. Add the flour, za'atar, baking powder, salt and pepper and mix with your hands until a soft dough forms. Knead a few times just until smooth, working in a little additional flour if necessary to prevent sticking.
Working with small portions of dough, roll the dough back and forth on a work surface to form sticks of dough the thickness of your finger. Transfer the sticks to a tray lined with plastic wrap, cover, and freeze for about 1 hour, or until the dough is stiff enough to cut into thin slices.
Preheat the oven to 400° F (200° C).
Remove one stick of chilled dough at a time from the freezer and cut into 1/8" slices. (Try to be consistent in how thick you slice the dough for even browning.) Place the slices on ungreased baking sheets (close together but not touching) and bake until lightly golden brown, about 12 minutes. Do not under bake, or the fekkas will not be crunchy.
Allow the fekkas to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet. If necessary, use a dough scraper or spatula to loosen the cookies from the pan, and transfer them to a rack to cool completely. They can be piled on top of each other while they cool.
Store the cooled fekkas in an airtight plastic container for up to two weeks. They can also be frozen for several months.