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Cardamom-Walnut Cookies (Mutekke)

Cardamom-Walnut Cookies (Mutekke)

Cardamom-Walnut Cookies (Mutekke)

These tender Cardamom-Walnut Cookies hailing from Azerbaijan are especially popular on spring holiday Novruz, when they often adorn the khoncha, a holiday tray, along with other festive savory and sweet bakes, including the three indispensables – shorgoghal, baklava, and shekerbura.

The roll-ups are called mutekke, taking their name from the traditional tube-shaped pillow, mutekke, used to lean on at leisure. Sometimes, the cookies are called by their Russian name (in plural) mutaki.

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