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Finikia with Apricot Jam Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup semolina
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup apricot jam
- Powdered sugar for dusting

Special equipment needed:
- Mixing bowls
- Electric mixer
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, semolina, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt.
3. In a separate mixing bowl, beat the vegetable oil and sugar together until creamy.
4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, alternating with the orange juice, until a dough forms.
5. Fold in the chopped walnuts.
6. Roll the dough into small balls and flatten them slightly.
7. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
8. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes.
9. While the cookies are still warm, spread a spoonful of apricot jam on each cookie.
10. Dust the cookies with powdered sugar and serve.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20-25 minutes
350°F (180°C)
Serving size:
Makes 24 cookies

Nutritional information:
Calories: 170
Fat: 8g
Carbohydrates: 23g
Protein: 2g
Sodium: 60mg
Sugar: 11g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- You can substitute the walnuts with almonds or pistachios.
- You can use any fruit jam of your choice instead of apricot jam.

- You can add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the dough for extra flavor.
- You can sprinkle some sesame seeds on top of the cookies before baking.

Tips and tricks:
- Make sure to flatten the dough balls slightly before baking to ensure even cooking.
- Let the cookies cool for a few minutes before spreading the jam to prevent it from melting too much.
- Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

Storage instructions:
Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

Reheating instructions:
These cookies are best served at room temperature.

Presentation ideas:
Arrange the cookies on a platter and dust them with powdered sugar for a beautiful presentation.

You can garnish the cookies with fresh mint leaves or edible flowers.

These cookies pair well with a cup of hot tea or coffee.

Suggested side dishes:
These cookies can be served as a dessert on their own.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the dough is too dry, add a little more orange juice.
- If the cookies are too hard, reduce the baking time.

Food safety advice:
Make sure to store the cookies in an airtight container to prevent them from going stale.

Food history:
Finikia is a traditional Greek cookie that is often served during the Christmas season.

Flavor profiles:
These cookies have a nutty, spiced flavor with a sweet apricot jam filling.

Serving suggestions:
Serve these cookies as a dessert or a sweet snack.

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Region: Greek

Taste: Sweet, Nutty, Fruity, Buttery, Spiced