Turkish Sand Cookies (Kurabiyes) Recipe

Turkish Sand Cookies (Kurabiyes)

Makes about 3 dozen

2020 Holiday Cookie Recipe Contest Winner

Submitted by Marlene S.V.

"My family comes from Turkey and this was a special cookie they enjoyed." – Marlene S.V.


  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup semolina or Cream of Wheat
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom, optional
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Optional garnish:
  • alnut halves or pieces


  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position. Preheat oven to 325° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, combine oil, sugar, and peanut butter. Beat on low speed until blended. In a separate bowl, combine flour, semolina, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt. Stir to blend. With mixer on low speed, slowly beat dry ingredients into sugar-oil mixture. (If dough is dry, add a bit more peanut butter.)
  3. Shape dough into walnut-sized balls and place, 1-inch apart, on lined baking sheet.
  4. Flatten cookies slightly. Press a walnut piece into center of each cookie, if desired, or press with a cookie stamp.
  5. Bake cookies, one sheet at a time, on middle oven rack until set and very light brown, 22 to 25 minutes. Cool for a few minutes on the pan, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.


Amount Per Serving (based on 36 servings)
Calories: 110
Fat: 7 g
Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 20 mg
Carbohydrates: 13 g
Fiber: 0 g
Sugar: 6 g
Protein: 1 g
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“Unlike anything i have ever had, fabulous!! these are definitely going to be added to my recipe file. make sure to add the cardamon. ”

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