Moroccan shebakia (chebakia) for special holidays like Ramadan

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Moroccan shebakia (chebakia) for special holidays like Ramadan

Shebakia (chebakia) is a traditional Moroccan dessert. It is created by using strips of dough rolled into the shape of a rose. Deep-fried till golden, then drizzled with honey, and topped with sesame seeds. People in Morocco eat it during the holy month of Ramadan.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Mediterranean, Moroccan


  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1/4 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp vinegar 
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 4 cups honey
  • 2/3 cup sesame seeds (100 grams)


  • In a small bowl you mix the yeast with a little bit of warm water. 
    In large bowl mix sugar and butter. 
    Add flour, salt, cinnamon, egg, water, vinegar, and the yeast to the sugar mixture.
    Stir continuously with a mixer or by hand, make sure that the dough is tender.
    Cover it and leave it in a warm place for about 30 min. 
    On a flat surface sprinkle some flour and put the dough on it.
    Flatten it with a rolling pin until it becomes thin.
    Cut it into medium sized squares.
    Make 4 incisions inside each square with a knife. Then slide your finger inside each incision. Turn inside out. Pinch the opposite corners closed to create a flower shape.
    Fry the chebakia in a hot pan with oil until it becomes golden brown.
    Put it on a strainer to get of the oil.
    Dip the shebakia in honey, then sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
    Bon appetit!
Keyword Chebakia, cookies, dessert, Moroccan desset, Moroccan food