Kalbura Basti (Turkish Walnut Cookies)

This dessert taste as good as baklava. I love the walnuts surprise inside the cookies when I first ate it, and the moist texture of the cookie, just makes this cookie absolutely irresistible to eat.


  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 chopped walnut


  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice


  1. First, prepare the syrup. Combine sugar and water in a pot to boil for 10 minutes, and then add the lemon juice. Set aside and cool down in the fridge.
  2. The dough: Mix butter, flour, yoghurt, vegetable oi;, 1 egg, baking powder in a bowl and knead well with your hand.
  3. Cover the bowl with damp kitchen towel and let it sit for 10 minutes or so.
  4. After 10 minutes, take some of the dough, and make a flat circle, add a walnut in the middle, fold, seal, and shape it like the picture above.
  5. Then, with a grater, touch the top of the dough lightly that it makes a nice indentation.
  6. After all the dough have been inserted and shaped, bake them for 350 degrees celcius for 10-15 minutes, and then at 375 degrees, top shelf,  until golden brown.
  7. Take it off the oven, and pour the cold syrup all over it. Leave it that way, until the cookie absorb the syrup.
  8. Serve and enjoy 🙂

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