Recipe for Somali Cookies called Icun

The Somali Kitchen is a site with wonderful Somali recipes. The site was founded by a Somali husband and wife team who now live in Australia. Here’s a popular Somali cookie recipe they shared with us!


“Icun in Somali means ‘eat me’ and believe me you will eat and eat these crumbly shortbread biscuits that just melt in the mouth. They are usually made for festive days (like the end of Ramadan celebration called Eid al-Fitr), but in our household we don’t wait for a special day. Any day and everyday is icun day!

There are many Somali varieties of icun or qureebaad as we also call this delicious shortbread. This version, which incorporates nutmeal (ground nuts), is my favourite. Dust with icing sugar and serve with tea.” -The Somali Kitchen

Recipe for Icun Cookies

Somali Shortbread Biscuits (Qureebaad ama Icun)

Author: Abderazzaq Noor
Recipe by: Khadra Yusuf

4 cups Flour
2 cups Sugar
1 cup Nutmeal (ground peanut, almond or hazelnuts)
2 cups warm melted Butter or Ghee
2 teaspoons ground Cardamom Powder
A little Milk if the dough requires more binding.

1. Grease a cookie sheet with some of the melted butter.
2. Mix all the dry ingredients together.
3. Make a hole in the middle and pour in the warm butter slowly, adding it a little at a time to make a soft dough. Add a little milk if the dough needs more binding.
4. Shape the dough into small balls with your hands and flatten into a small disc shape. Place on the cookie sheet with some space in between each cookie.
5. Bake for about 15-20 minutes in a medium heat oven on 350 F (or 175 C) or until golden brown.

Optional: Before baking the cookies you can put a dot of red or yellow food coloring in the center of the cookie. Some people put a clove in the center, or a currant or a small piece of a candied cherry.


Many thanks to Abderazzaq Noor and Khadra Yusuf from The Somali Kitchen for sharing this recipe and their photos with us! Check out their site and try some recipes!

Best wishes,

Mama Lisa

Note: Here’s our link to learn some Somali Kids Songs.

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