Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Turkish Cake & Cookie Recipes

05/08/15: Cheese Flan (Labneli Tart - İstanbul).
25/11/14: Butternut Squash Cheesecake (Balkabakli Labneli Pasta).
18/09/14: Lemon-Almond Cookies (Limonlu Bademli Kurabiye).
21/03/14: No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes (Pişirmeden Labneli Pasta).
14/03/14: Cinnamon Sugar Cookies (Tarçınlı Şekerli Kurabiye).
14/02/14: Chocolate-Covered Strawberries (Çikolata Kaplı Çilek).
16/10/13: Savory Dill and Nigella Cookies (Dereotlu Tuzlu Kurabiye).
23/08/13: Fig Cheesecake (Taze Incirli Labneli Pasta).
01/05/13: Coconut Cookies (Hindistan Cevizli Kurabiye).
16/01/13: Apple Cookie Rolls (Elmali Kurabiye).
09/11/12: Pistachio Raisin Cake (Fiistikli Uzumlu Kek).
03/10/12: Turkish Carrot Balls (Havuc Toplari).
07/09/12: Turkish Tahini Cake (Tahinli Kagit Helva Pastasi).
28/03/12: Sour Cherry Pie (Visneli Tart).
07/11/11: Turkish Ricotta Cookies (Lor Kurabiyesi - Ayvalik).
10/10/11: Apple-Walnut Cake (Elmali-Cevizli Kek).
26/09/11: Turkish Carrot Delight (Cezerye).
07/09/11: Walnut Cookies (Cevizli Kurabiye).
25/05/11: Cocoa Cake (Kakaolu Kek).
09/05/11: Easy Sesame Sticks (Susamli Kolay Cubuklar).
30/03/11: Lemon Cookies (Limonlu Kurabiye).
23/02/11: White Chocolate-Cranberry Balls (Cikolatali Yaban Mersini Toplari).
14/02/11: Mini Fruit Tarts (Meyveli Mini Tartolet).
24/11/10: Chestnut Cookies (Kestaneli Kurupasta).
08/10/10: Butternut Squash Balls (Kaymakli Kabak Toplari).
18/02/10: Raisin-Walnut Cake (Uzumlu-Cevizli Kek).
26/12/09: Candied Chestnuts in Syrup (Kestane Şekeri - Bursa).
24/09/09: Carrot Cake (Havuclu Kek).
26/07/09: Kurabiye .
28/04/09: Chocolate Pudding Covered Cake (Çikolatalı Puding Kaplı Kek).
22/02/09: Raisin-Sugar Cookies (Uzumlu-Toz Sekerli Kurabiye).
28/12/08: Chestnut Flower (Kestane Cicegi).
11/10/08: Mushroom Cookies (Mantar Kurabiye).
29/06/08: Turkish Almond Cookies (Acibadem Kurabiyesi).
12/02/08: Chocolate Pear Pie (Armutlu Cikolatali Tart).
03/02/08: Spicy Biscuits (Acili Biskuvi).
17/10/07: Orange Biscuits (Portakalli Biskuvi).
26/08/07: Cheese Biscuits (Peynirli Bisküvi).
17/06/07: Lemon Cake (Limonlu Kek).
06/05/07: Apple Pie (Elmali Tart).
04/04/07: Orange Cake (Portakalli Kek).
22/02/07: Turkish Shortbread (Un Kurabiyesi).
28/01/07: Spinach Cake (Ispanakli Kek).
19/11/06: Black Eye Cookies (Karagoz).
30/08/06: Mosaic Cake (Mozaik Pasta).
27/11/05: Chestnut Cake (Kestaneli Pasta).
05/06/05: Cherry Jello Dessert (Joleli Pasta).
21/03/05: Sesame Seed Rings (Susamli Simit).


At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur, I lost my sister-in-law's lemon cake recipe and my daughter has requested it for her birthday which is next week. I remember some of the ingredients: yogurt,eggs,flour,baking power or soda? oil, and lemon zest. I don't remember the measurements. Maybe you have a similar recipe that you can post. My husband and kids love it! My version is to bake it in a bunt pan and then filling the hole with fresh fruit. Then I make a lemon glaze with powered sugar, water and lemon juice that I drizzel over the top. Thanks for all your great recipes! My family loves all the recipes that I have tried so far. My daughter even made a little song for you...."What's for dinner? Ask Binnur?"

At 10:09 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Tammy:)
Thank you for the nice comment. I loved the song that your daughter
sings...please give her my best wishes for her birthday:) I only have one Lemon cake recipe. It might be the same as the one you had or not:) I understand you need it this coming week. That's why I am just writing it here for you. Your version seems so presentable and delicious:) I use whipped cream for top:)

6 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
6 egg yolks
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 cup yogurt
3 cups flour (cake flour would be better)
1 tsp baking soda
1 pinch salt

Mix the egg whites and 1/2 cup sugar until it's fluffy. Put aside.
Mix the butter, sugar, egg yolks, lemon juice, lemon zest and yogurt
in another cup. Slowly add the flour, baking soda and salt and mix.
Gently add egg whites in the sugar mixture and fold it. Pour it into
an oiled mold. Preheat oven to 400 F and bake until a toothpick comes
out clean.

I hope this helps:)

At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba Binnur abla,
Sana tekrar yazalim dedik cunku canimiz elmali turta istedi. Eger tarifi varsa yayinlar misin?

Ingiltere'den Sevgilerimizle,
Gokhan ve Charlotte.

At 10:20 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Gokhan ve Charlotte,
Tabi sizin icin elmali turta yapip en kisa zamanda yayinlayacagim:0
Ben de sizlere Toronto'dan en en icten sevgilerimi yolluyorum, kendinize iyi bakin:)

At 12:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba Binnur,
I just discovered your website by chance last week and I think it's great! I am so impressed about your variety. No more worries about what to cook anymore. Thank you. Dear Binnur, I love to bake and am very good at it. However, I have been trying for years to create the perfect "Peynirli Kek" and never found the right recipe. You know the one that looks and feels like a cake and don't have a wet look when you cut it? The recipes with yogurt instead of milk sounds good. Do you or any of your talented readers have any recipe that I can use and finally accomplish this goal? If you do can you provide the measurements for Canada? Also what is the right amount of flour in "CUP" for "1 su bardagi" and what is the "gr. or cup" for "1 kucuk paket margarin"?
I appreciate your time, my best wishes and thank you,

At 10:05 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Jan,
Thank you:) I am going to post Peynirli Kek recipe in the future:)
On the right of the website there is a "Measurements" section. You will find all the answers you ask. 1 kucuk paket margarin, I believe, could be 125 gr?

At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

Do you recipe for the salt mahleb black seed cookies my old neighboor from Gazianteb used to make it?

Also do you have the recipe for pismaniye?

Thank you very much

At 12:13 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

We use Mahlep for so many different kinds of pastries. I am not sure which one you are asking for. Try this recipe;

At 7:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur
Do you have a recipe for mantarli kurabiye? The ones that are made with cornstarch instead of flour? I raelly love them but I couldn't decipher the recipe from my Turkish friends, my Turkce just isn't that good!

At 10:29 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Jeniffer,
Yes, I have a recipe for Mantar Kurabiye:) I am going to post it in the future.

At 9:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I just found your site yesterday and really like that you have all these recipes in English, I was looking for a simple basic chocolate cake. I know the consistency of it is different from the cakes here in the USA. Do you have one that you can post?

At 9:16 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I am going to post in the future more cake recipes includes chocolate cake.

At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sort of in a rush for a chocolate cake recipe do you know when you plan to post one?

At 12:03 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I am not sure yet.

At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

arakdasim manta kurabiyenin tarifini istedi ama ingilizceye ceviremedim ingilizce olarak tarifini gonderebilirmisin sagol ingiltereden selamlar

At 1:43 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Tarif gondermiyorum. Mantar Kurabiye tarifi yakinda yayinlanacaklar listesinde:)

At 3:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur, I wanted to know if u could tell me how to make the turkish baklava (in a cigar shape), what would i use for the filling and how would i make the syrup?? i have tried a wet/syrupy baklava before, but want to try one that was a little dryer...please help thanks.

At 6:44 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Emma,
I've posted some desserts recipes with the syrup. Please check the Dessert Recipes section on the right side of my blog. You can always use less amount of syrup for the desserts:)I am going to more in the future:)
Take care,

At 5:20 PM, Blogger C DiLisio said...

Hello! This site is amazing! I just returned from living in Istanbul-I can't wait to make these recipes so I can relive my time there. I am curious about ay çoreği recipes. They were my favorite treat. Çok teşekkür ederim Bınnur!

At 5:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,Merheba Binnur
I am from Pakistan. I want one of your best chocolate cake reipes.Me my family love it but sometimes my cake becomes less soft.I want it to be perfect.Please help me with this.Teşekkürler Binnur!

At 1:44 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Anka,
I didn't post it yet. I am going to post it in the future:)
If the cake you bake is not soft, try to put a little bit less amount of flour.

At 11:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW thankyou so much, this website really helps me with a food assingment i have. I love turkish so when we go to pick a country Turkey was the first one that came to my mind. Now i've found your website i might try to make some of these recipes, thanks again :)

At 8:41 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

merhaba is a pleasure to find your site.i am so happy because my boyfriend is from turkey and now,thanks to you,i can cook many cakes from his are great.görüşürüz..

At 5:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was great to find this site.
I went to visit Turkey last
November and now facinated with
Turkish food ...
I had something like a soft
cookie, some stuffing of walnut ..
syrus was poured over ...
kind of oval shape ... brown color
Dont know the name and want to find out how to make it ...

Thanks a lot.

At 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi. I love your website. one of my Turkish colleagues made a syrup cake on Eid ul Fitr which was absolutely yummy. I dont remember the name but it was a syrup cake with black poppy seeds and a light green colour topped with sweetened fresh cream. Wondering if you would be able to match a recipe to my rather sketchy description. would love to try and bake it myself


At 8:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Binnur; love your site, it's helpful, interesting and quite tasty!

I was at a yard sale today and found a mould for a cookie. It looks like the amulet against the evil eye. It's carved from wood, and looks like a glorified spoon.

How do I use it? I like the shortbread recipe, can I use it with the mould?

Thank you very much! Be well,

At 5:02 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi David,
There is another recipe that the carved wood spoon was used for. So I think you can use theTurkish Shortbread recipe:)

At 8:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur
I live in Canada too,and my late grandmother was a Turkish Cypriot.
I love your site and would like to try some of your recipes soon.My grandmother used to make a dessert called percem for us.It's a dough stuffed with walnuts and baked then soaked in sugar syrup.Do you have the recipe?
Really appreciate it if you could pass it to me.

At 8:06 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Najat,
I may post it in the future:)

At 7:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Binnur, i've tried some of your recipes and their fantastic :) Keep it up
I was wondering if you have a nice recipe for apple crumble that you can post.
Many thanks x

At 8:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba Binnur!!

I have seen this yummy looking strawberry cake some of the Turkish ladies prepare and was wondering if you could tell me the name of it. I would like to search for a recipe so I can make it for my darling. Thank you so much and I love your website!!!

At 8:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, i love your recipes....i have tried few they came up v nice.
i was just wondering do you know how to make a turkish salty cookies...i have tried this when i was visiting Turkey, so if you know how to make it, pls post the recipe.

BTW great site and great job...

At 11:14 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you:) I've already posted a few salty cookies at Pastries section.

At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Binnur,
Do you happen to have any recipe for a sponge birthday cake?Im looking for one with alcoholfree syrup and a cream. Best wishes, anne

At 5:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ablacim ben Ceren irlandaden Benim oglumun dugum gunu var 9 yasina gircek haklina Birsey varmi kek olarak

At 2:10 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Oglunun 9. yas gunu kutlu olsun, saglikli, basarili ve mutlu yillara Cerencigim:)
Ilk aklima gelen "Cukulatali Pudding Kaplamali Kek". Oglum her zaman cukulatali kek istedigi icin her halde:) Eger meyveli hafif bir kek istersen "Limonlu Kek", oglunun sevdigi meyveler ve krem santi ile susleyebilirsin...Diger bir alternatif de, "Ispanakli Kek"
Tekrar mutluluklar diliyorum:)

At 9:38 AM, Blogger Sedef said...

Hi Binnur,
Do you have a recipe for basic yogurt tatlisi? My mom used to make it without any oil or butter, it was so delicious. Thank you.

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Sedef,
Lezzetli ve hafif tatlilarimizdn bir tanesi...senin icin yayinlayacagim:)

At 8:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello What is the most popular sponge cake in turkey? Do turkish women make sponge cakes at home?

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Sure, they do:)
The Turkish cuisine has the seasonal kitchen. So they make the cake with
the fruits available in the season. It can be strawberry, banana, raspberry, etc.

At 6:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering if you have a recipe for Kaymakli Lokum. I see lots of recipes on the web for standard lokum but none for lokum made with clotted cream. I suspect that this is a specialist recipe so not the kind of thing even a great Turkish cook would know how to make. But I live in hope and a part of the world where buying lokum is not an option.

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Binnur said...


I have not posted any special recipes that belong to Ottoman and Turkish cuisine yet.

I am not sure I will ever post them; like lokum, kaymakli lokum, ekmek kadayifi etc.
I think we should keep some of the original recipes for ourselves for their protection:)
Take care,

At 8:23 AM, Anonymous jenna said...

so wonderful - whenever i'm at a loss for what to make for dinner, i stop in at your website and get great new ideas - thank you, and elinize saglik!

do you have any plans in the future for posting a recipe for hashasli kek? i've tried making it a few times, but it never quite seems to work out perfectly, and i'd love to get your take on it!

At 12:58 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Tesekkur ederim Sevgili Jenna:) I am going to post it in the future:)

At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Omer Can ve Shirley said...

Binnur Hanim,

Uzun yillardir Amerika'da yasiyorum ve sitenizi Hollanda'li esimle beraber severek takip ediyoruz. Turkiye'den cok ozledigim bir sey de tuzlu kurabiye. Mumkunse sizden tuzlu kurabiyenin tarifini rica ediyorum. Tesekkurler ve saygilar.
Omer Can ve Shirley

At 1:16 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Sevgili Omercan ve Shirley,
Tesekkur ederim:)
08.26.07 de Cheese Biscuits (Peynirli Bisküvi)tarifini yayinladim. Istersen uzerine peynir ilave etmeden yapabilirsin:)
Diger tuzlu tarifim;
02.03.08 de yayinladigim Spicy Biscuits (Acili Biskuvi). Bu tarifi
de istersen aci toz bibersiz yapabilirsin:) Her ikisi de pastahanelerde ki tuzlularin tarifleri.
Susamli Simit de, bu bolumde yayinladigim ilk tarif. Belki onu da ozlemissindir diye ilave ediyorum:)
Kendinize iyi bakin, sevgilerimle,

At 4:29 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Binur!
I would like to make a cake using juicer fruit pulp.Do you have such a recipe,a tested one?
Thank you in advance.

At 6:03 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

No, sorry:)

At 6:12 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I wud like to add ur page on facebook if it exists pl tell if yes

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Shaista,
Yes, I have and I've always posted my recipes in Turkish and in English on my blog and facebook at the same time:)
There is an "Facebook page" section on the right side of my blog, just click on it:)
Binnur's Turkish Cookbook

At 11:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello. I recently had a delicious coconut Turkish dessert and I have no idea what it is called. It was the size of a small cookie. It had a soft white coconut round center and it was rolled in coconut. I do not think it was Turkish delight. Do you know what this might be called and do you have a recipe that you might share? Thanks, Kathy

At 9:29 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Kathy,
Yes, it is not lokum, but it's called lokum kurabiye. I am going to post it for you in the future:)

At 9:00 AM, Blogger St John said...

Hi Binnur,

I recent;y visited Turkey and had an incredible trip. ONe of my favourite snacks to nibble on while I walked around the city was there small round and hard chocolate biscuits that were filled with a chocolate cream on the inside and I found at several bakeries. I was not able to get the name though. DO you know what they are called and where I might find a recipe?

At 9:39 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

I think what you ask is Biskrem cookies. I haven't posted the recipe yet.

At 6:41 AM, Anonymous Shiz said...

Hi binnur could you please give us a recipe for 'islak kek'. Thanks in advance:)

At 10:18 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

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At 10:19 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Shiz,
I've posted 'the Chocolate Pudding Covered Cake' which is the recipe of 'Islak kek' covered with the pudding:) Here is the address;
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, do yoy have trilece cake recipie ?


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