Batheeth | Emirati Date Crumb or Balls

Today’s recipe is a traditional Emirati dessert that is usually served with Arabic coffee to balance the bitterness. Batheeth aka batheetha is served either in the form of a date based crumble or it is shaped into balls with nuts or sesame seeds.
Batheeth | Emirati Date Crumb or Balls

updated new image 10/10/2016

What is Batheeth?

Batheeth is an Emirati (UAE) date based sweet cookie with savoury notes of ginger that is served with Gahwa or Arabic coffee. It is served as flat cookies or crumbs or balls rolled in choice of nuts.  Mabroom or sukkary dates or any dates for that matter are best to make Batheeth. If you can get a packet of date paste, then there is hardly any work involved! You don't need an oven either! 

Batheeth | No-Bake Emirati Dates Cookie

How to make Emirati batheeth?

Batheeth | Emirati Date Crumb or Balls 

Yields: 10 to 12 cookies


1 cup date paste (2 cups packed pitted dates)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger powder

To Garnish or Serve along:
White sesame seeds - to coat the batheeth (optional)
12 almonds to garnish each cookie (optional)
1/4 cup chopped nuts (pistachios or walnuts)

  1. Add the wheat flour in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and cook over low to medium heat, stirring constantly until golden brown. Approximately 10 minutes. Remove from heat and keep aside. 
  2. Add the dates paste to the flour and return the pan to the stove to cook for 2-3 minutes to soften the date paste. You will need to spend some time trying to get the flour and dates paste come together neatly. 
  3. Stir in the cardamom powder and ginger powder into the just melted butter to infuse the flavour
  4. Mix the infused butter into the flour and date mixture thoroughly until all comes together.
  5. Remove from heat and leave to cool - not too long as you need it warm to make balls.
  6. When the mixture is cool enough to handle, use a tablespoon of the mixture to shape into balls. 
  7. Roll the balls in sesame seeds to coat them or flatten a bit and press in an almond. 
  8. Serve with black coffee and store the remaining in an airtight box
Batheeth | No-Bake Emirati Dates Cookie

Batheeth stays good for days in an airtight box in room temperature. I had mine last up to 4 days. I wanted to take some effort in capturing good pictures using the natural daylight but then I was left with just four. Still went ahead and clicked a couple of them with F actively helping me!

I had the remaining four in the next two days as my snack! :-P I really enjoyed making Batheeth as much as we enjoyed eating ... If you love dates or have never prepared any dish with dates, then this is an easy and tasty recipe that you should give a try. 


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