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Yemeni kaak caak

Yemeni Ka'ak


Yemeni caak is a cross between a biscuit and a cookie. It is savory and a little bit sweet. A staple for any special occasion or even afternoon tea, it pairs well with hot tea. There are different versions, including one with corn flour, dates, and whole wheat flour. This is the basic recipe.


4 2/3 c. flour
1 cup plus 3 tbsp. butter
2 whole eggs
2 eggs whites
2/3 c. milk
1/2 tsp yeast
1/2 tsp salt

Egg Wash
2 egg yolks
1 1/2 tbsp. milk for egg wash
black seeds or sesame seeds

How to make

Mix the yeast into the milk so it dissolves. Then, mix together the flour, butter, eggs, egg whites, milk sugar and salt until combined.
Cover the dough and let it rest for 20-30 mins.
Preheat oven to 375 F and begin by shaping the dough into small cookies. You can use the shape shown in the video or leave them round. Once the cookies are shaped, cover and let rest for 30 mins.
Prepare the egg wash by mixing 1.5 tbsp. of milk with the two egg yolks. Spread this over the tops of the cookies. Then add black seeds and/or sesame seeds.
Bake in preheated oven for approx. 25 mins. or until golden brown.



How much sugar do you add? I don't see it listed. Thank you!

01.31.2014 Reply


hi its to your tast but i would recommend from1 - 4 tbsp



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I made the ka'ak with my 13 year old daughter last night.  We had a delciious time and the Ka'ak were divine!  Thank you for your wonderful video.  

03.05.2014 Reply


they are good

04.08.2014 Reply


hi when u say a cup of butter, how much is that in weight? im from UK and not familiar with the US conversions, thank you, 

07.03.2014 Reply


This is great! Thanks for sharing. How would you do the yellow corn flour/meal  version of it? I had them long time ago and they are so flavorful I'll never forget those Yemeni kaak.

07.22.2014 Reply


Is this the same as fatira?

08.06.2014 Reply


are these commonly served with anything? I made these for a school project and they're tasting slightly bland, (maybe I didn't add enough salt?) I get that these are regularly served with tea, but do people ever use butter or any sort of jams? I'll be serving these to my whole class and I want them to taste amazing.

02.27.2015 Reply


Hello dear! First of all i'd like to thank you for your wonderful recipes! Im still new to cooking/baking and i'd like to make sure which flour to use for this recipe; Bread flour or all purpose flour?

03.02.2015 Reply


Hi. What flour do i need for the ka'ak recipe please

10.30.2016 Reply


Salaam! This is sooo amazing! I love Yemeni food and dont really know anyone who is familiar with cooking it. Im soooo happy I found your blog! :)

01.12.2017 Reply


I made this recipe twice, they were good but slightly bland, i felt that they need more salt and spices like cardamom and cinnamon. Will make them again definitly. Thanks again for the recipe.

08.22.2016 Reply


How many does this recipe make?

05.27.2016 Reply