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

Friday, October 28, 2005


Sekerpare - click to enlarge
250 ml unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
2 egg yolks
1/3 cup semolina
2 cup flour, sifted
1 tsp baking powder
20 blanched almond

2 cups sugar
2 cups water
2 tbsp lemon juice

Boil the syrup ingredients for 15 minutes and put aside. Let it cool down.

Combine the butter with powdered sugar, add the egg yolks and mix well with your hands. Now, pour in the semolina, then very slowly add the flour (otherwise the mixture will clump). You will end up with very soft and light coloured dough. Cover it with plastic wrap, put aside for 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Make 16 small balls and place on a tray. Lightly press on their tops. Put an almond on the centre of each Sekerpare. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes until they are light brown.

With a tablespoon, pour warm syrup over hot (freshly) baked Sekerpare. Repeat this a few times and let them soak with the syrup for about 10-15 minutes. Then with a spatula remove them from the syrup and place on a service plate. After cooling, cover them with plastic wrap and place in the fridget.

Sekerpare is best served cold and is a traditional Turkish dessert.


At 2:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well once again another perfect dish you have to be the best cook God ever made because now im the second thanks to you

At 4:11 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Your words made me really happy, thank you very much:)

At 10:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love your web site!! I love Turkish cuisine and you have made it so easy to make at home!!My turkish husband is so happy now and my mother-in-law is impressed I am learning Turkish cooking!!! Thanks

At 6:44 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

You're very welcome:) I hope everyone who tries my dishes enjoys them as much as we do.. Thanks for your comment:)
Take care,

At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I enjoy the recipes you post very much. I specifically brought Irmik back from Turkey last time to make sekerpare and was concerned when my cookbook didn't indicate it as an ingredient. So I used your recipe (which other than the Irmik was the exact same) but ended up with grainy and very floury sekerpare. They didn't taste anything like the light fluffy ones we always buy at the stores in Turkey. Any ideas on the complications? They looked good - just like they should - but tasted different - not bad just different (my husband will eat them all I am sure). Any ideas on how to adjust the recipe?

Thanks you - and I really love your site!

At 8:09 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

As I know it, Sekerpare has irmik. But there's a difference between
Turkish irmik and Canadian irmik:) For me it was pretty difficult to
adjust the ingredients of Turkish to Canadian ingredients. I think you
should use less Turkish irmik for Sekerpare. And I'm glad you liked my

At 5:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Very very impressed by your site and the recipes. I just tried to make sekerpare...once in the oven the balls expanded into flat rectangular shapes, joint together. The texture is too soft, it is falling apart. What do you think caused it? Should I use less butter?

Thank u

At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


By 'powder sugar' do you mean icing sugar (like powder) or do you mean caster sugar? I ask because another recipe read 'caster sugar'.


At 9:53 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I wish I could know why the balls extended in the oven! Don't change
the amount on any ingredient, because it should be fine. Maybe the
heat of the oven was too low, I'm sorry, I really don't know.. This is
the recipe I always use..
And yes, icing sugar is powdered sugar.

At 10:42 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Did you preheat the oven? The dough will have melted if you didn't..

At 2:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which dough did you use? self- raising flour or plain flour? If plain one what is the difference betwee it and all purpose flour? :S

At 6:03 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I use all purpose flour. I indicate if I use self-raising flour:) You don't need to use baking powder if you use self-raising one.

At 3:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is very amazing that in India we have a sweet widely known as SHAKARPARA eaten on festivities.Which is made out of exactly same ingredients.Some regions make it with Syrup and some people simply sprinkle powdred sugar on the sweet.No doubt the Arab culture has brought wonders to Indian gastronomy!!! -Onkar,India

At 1:08 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Onkar,
It is nice to know that traditional Turkish dessert Sekerpare is known in India. As you know Turks and Arabs are different as far as the roots, language, traditions and cultures are concerned:)
Take care,

At 1:39 AM, Blogger Tran said...

Hi Binnur, thanks for the recipe. I am not a Turk but want to surprise my Turkish friends by making Sekerpare; however, i don't know what Semolina is. if i don't have semolina, what should i replace by. thank you very much. Could you answer me ASAP since i will prepare it tomorrow.Tran,Vietnam

At 11:29 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Tran,
Semolina is a coarse flour used to make breads and puddings.
Sekerpare has to have semolina, sorry:) Would you like to make another dessert for your friends.....take care.

At 2:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur! I am moving to Turkey in a few months and I thought it would be nice to make a Turkish dessert for my family so we could all get a taste of Turkish culture. I made Sekerpare using your recipe and it turned out great! At least it tasted good, I haven't had any Turkish food before so I'm not sure if it came out right, but we liked it anyway! Thank you for the recipe!

At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

an I use Cream of Wheat for samolina, and caster sugar instead of powdered?

At 8:28 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

No, you can't:)

At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Mujahida said...

BismiLlahi arRahmani arRahim.
Congratulations for your web site and for your recipes, very interesting!! ;-)
I want to ask help, please: in Italy we usually use the "gram" as unit of weight. So I'd like to know, how many grams are aproximately "a cup"? Because I want to try some of your this sweet!! I think I will like it!! ;-)
Thank you so much!

At 11:35 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Mujahida,
Thank you:) One cup is equal to 250 ml. I have a measurement section on the left side of the website, please check it there.
Take care,

At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Mujahida said...

BismiLlahi arRahmani arRahim.
Thank you so much!! Ops...I didn't see it, before!!! Sorry!! It's very useful, because every country has a different unit of weight.
Thank you! :-D

At 7:39 PM, Blogger Nicholas said...

These are the best cookies ever and one of the foods I missed the most after leaving Istanbul. Thanks!

At 6:02 AM, Anonymous Nermin said...

Selam Binnur,

these cookies look amazing... I'm going to try them soon Insha'Allah... I remember when I was last in Turkey they had these cookies and then the same ones but (I assume) with cocoa powder in? Do you know how I'd make the cocoa powder ones as well? Thanks in advance!

At 11:31 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Selam Nermin,
I think what you are asking is Un Kurabiyesi (Turkish Shortbread). I've already posted the recipe under the Cakes & Cookies section. Sprinkle some cocoa powder on top instead of powdered sugar:)

At 10:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love sekerpare! I made an attempt using this recipe. Not bad for a first try by a complete amateur. The only problem: they came out more like a hard, flat cookie than a soft voluptuous cake. What did I do wrong?
Please note, the ingredients list includes baking powder (misspelled) but it is never mention in the instructions.
Çok Teşekkur edirim

At 6:48 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I think they are over baked.
Almost every oven has different settings. You may need to adjust the time or heat. A little bit less baking time or a little bit less heat:)

At 7:45 PM, Blogger halima said...

Hi, I looked in the supermarket for semolina but only found semolina flavor, can i make it with that too? Its very fine compare to the semolina i saw in turkey...

At 9:56 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Halima,
I hope it will be fine, give it a try:)

At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

meraba. bu tatliyi yapmaya calisicam. londrada yasiorum. burda butter is sold in grams. 250ml butter ne kadar gram oldugunu biliomusunuz? thank you!

At 11:15 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

250 ml butter = 250 gr butter


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