Mutekke or Cigarette cookies are traditional Azerbaijani cookies. Mutekke which is called bolster in English language is a long and narrow pillow filled with cotton or feather. By the way I have attached some photos of Mutekke in following photos.
So name of this cookie come from their shape which resembles a traditional tube-shaped pillow which in old times of Iran, we used to use it as a pillow or back and arm support but nowadays, you can find them in small towns or villages.
Basically, Mutekke cookie is rolled up pastry filled with nuts such as walnuts, almond, hazelnuts, pistachio or mixture of all but typically with walnuts and also fragrant spices. This cookie has a very straightforward recipe and super easy to make it. Usually baking Mutekke in the celebration of new year ( Nowruz) is popular. The good point about this cookie is there is no sugar in the pastry and for adding sweetness to the cookie you add sugar or apricot or other fruit preserves as stuffing .
- 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour
- ½ tsp salt
- 113g unsalted butter
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 egg yolks
Ingredients for filling
- ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon powder
- ½ tsp cardamom powder
How to make it??
Mix flour and salt. Add butter to the flour. Use your hand and mix butter with flour. Now your mixture looks like fine sands. Add sour cream and egg yolks. Mix all ingredients until well combined and dough is not sticking to your hand.
Now, divide the dough into 3 pieces and wrap each piece in a plastic wrap. Place it in the fridge for an hour.
Meanwhile, we prepare the filling. In a bowl mix all filling ingredients together and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 193C degree. After one hour, place one piece of dough on a floured board.
I show two methods of cutting the dough:
- 1- you can cut a circle dough into 4 wedges and then each wedge to be cut into 2 more wedges, so you will have 8 wedges.
- 2- other method is roll out a dough into rectangle shape. Then cut lengthwise. And cut into triangle shape.
Now put 1 tsp or some of stuffing on each wedge and then start to roll it from wide side ( as you see in the photos).
Repeat same process with rest of wedges. Place them in a parchment lined baking tray and bake the cookies for 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven, let to cool before sifting with powdered sugar on top. Now call all family members, make cuppa tea or coffee and enjoy these tasty cookies together.