As my tastebuds mature, the more and more I found myself reaching for sweets like Kaak Malih. A traditional Libyan sweet that can be thought of as a savory biscuit.
I used to turn away from these cookies at every picnic and every wedding, always wanting something more sugary. But now, I can truly admire the beauty of these.
The dough smells just like walking into a spice market back home. Aromatically infused with fennel, cardamom, anise, and cumin. Kaak malih goes together with tea or coffee like peanut butter goes with jelly. Or milk with cookies.
For a little personal twist, I mixed the egg wash with some honey for a soft but sweet note. Just a touch to not overtake the spices but enough to bring out more complexity of flavor. Sweet, salty, a bit of spice. Nothing more you can ask for.