What is Karabeej?
Karabeej is one of the most popular and classic Middle Eastern cookies made from rosewater semolina dough and pistachios. They are consumed a lot throughout holidays and celebrations because of their amazing taste and versatility. Karabeej is small in size and are intended to be eaten by dipping them into a white and creamy marshmallow dip called "Natef".
Karabeej vs Maamoul
While Karabeej's baking method and ingredients are similar to those of Maamoul, there are a few differences between the two. First, Mamoul and Mamoul-Mad are filled with a variety of nuts, including pistachios and walnuts, as well as dates, but Karabeej only contains pistachios. While it is possible to use other nuts, however, the authentic and traditional way to do it is with pistachios only. Second, Maamouls come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, while Karabeej has a longitudinal shape that is designed for dipping. Finally, unlike Karabeej, some Maamouls are topped with powder sugar and not served with any dip or Natef specifically.
Natef and its uses
Natef is a white soft meringue or marshmallow-like dip made with soapwort root, rosewater and sugar. Although Natef is traditionally used as a dip for Karabeej, people in the Middle East have used it in other ways as well. One of the most popular ways to eat it was in an ice cream cone from a local roaming Karabeej seller. Another way to enjoy natef is to fill them in biscuits and cover the sides with sprinkles, coconut, etc.
Karabeej at Sarkis Pastry
At Sarkis Pastry, we offer Karabeej in two different ways.
Traditional Karabeej Fingers
Semolina finger cookies filled with pistachios and served with Natef. When bought in-store, they are sold by the piece, and when purchased through shipping or delivery, the box has a standard number of pieces.
Bite-Sized Karabeej Tray
A round tray of bite-sized karabeej served with Natef on the side. This tray is only available for in-store purchase and delivery.
How to store Karabeej
Karabeej can be stored for up to two weeks in an airtight container. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months. If you have any questions or inquiries about our Karabeej and how to put your order in, you can contact any of our branches and our sales associates will always be ready to assist you.