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Ful Sudani: Sudanese Peanut Cookies

Ful Sudani is the Sudanese term for peanuts. Sudanese Ful Sudani cookies, also known as peanut cookies, are delicious treats that highlight the nutty flavor of peanuts.


Peanuts, locally known as "Ful Sudani" in Sudan, hold a cherished spot in the nation's culinary repertoire. Revered not only for their delightful taste but also for their economic importance, peanuts find their way into a plethora of Sudanese dishes. From being ground into pastes for sauces and stews, to being roasted and enjoyed as a snack, or even incorporated into traditional baked goods like these beloved Ful Sudani cookies, peanuts lend a distinct, nutty richness that characterizes many Sudanese meals. Their multifaceted use exemplifies the country's rich culinary heritage, showcasing a seamless blend of flavor, tradition, and nutrition.

I'm making these for my kids every holiday season! – Erica


Ful Sudani Cookies


Ingredients

1. 1 cup roasted peanuts (unsalted)

2. 1 cup all-purpose flour

3. 1/2 cup sugar

4. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

5. 1 egg, beaten

6. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

7. 1/4 teaspoon salt (omit if using salted peanuts)

8. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Directions

1. **Peanut Preparation:** If your peanuts aren't roasted, start by roasting them. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Spread the peanuts on a baking sheet and roast for about 10-15 minutes or until they're golden brown. Make sure to stir or shake them a few times to ensure even roasting. Allow them to cool.


2. Once cooled, pulse the roasted peanuts in a food processor until finely ground. Some people like to keep a few larger peanut pieces for an extra crunch.

Either way, be careful not to over-process them into peanut butter.


3. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.


4. Gradually add the beaten egg and vanilla extract to the butter-sugar mixture and continue mixing until well combined.


5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.


6. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mixing until just combined.


7. Stir in the ground peanuts, ensuring they're evenly distributed in the dough. Some people like to keep a few larger peanut pieces for an extra crunch.


8. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) again, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.


9. Roll the cookie dough into small balls (about the size of a walnut) and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Press each ball down slightly with the back of a fork to give them a decorative pattern.


10. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until the edges of the cookies turn golden brown.


11. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust them with powdered sugar if you like.


Serve and enjoy your Sudanese Ful Sudani cookies with tea, coffee or maybe a glass of milk!




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