Jill Simonian and her daughters

Recipe Corner: Simit


Jill Simonian, the creator of TheFabMom® blog, is a popular TV/media host/contributor and author with over 200 on-air parenting/lifestyle segments to her credit. Born in Fresno, Jill attended UCLA and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.

This is her late mother Bonnie Simonian’s simit recipe she makes for her family at Easter and the holidays. “Simit is a traditional, not-too-sweet Armenian cookie that goes great with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate that I can serve any time of day. My mother’s version is simple, and I remember her each time I make it with my daughters.”



3 cubes butter (1 1/2 cups), softened

2 eggs (plus one egg for brushing on top of cookies)

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1/2 cup fresh orange juice

1 cup sugar

5 cups flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Sesame seeds for sprinkling on top, optional


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, beat 2 eggs with the butter for a few minutes. Add the sugar and orange juice, and mix well. Add the flour, baking powder, and baking soda, and knead well.

Roll quarter-sized pieces of dough into skinny round strips of 1/2-inch thickness (6 inches long). Fold each strip in half, and make “twisty shape” cookies and crisscross on ends. Pinch so they stick together on one end.

Place cookie twists on an ungreased cookie sheet (use parchment paper, if desired). Brush lightly with beaten egg. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown (they may turn golden brown after 10 minutes, depending on your oven). Do not burn.

Makes about 5 dozen.






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