Jacqueline Cookies: A Sweet Taste of Home in Cihangir (Yabangee)

aydan cookie Long-term residents of Turkey know that buying cookies here can be a fraught activity. Turkish kurabiye (cookies), while delicious, are typically dry and biscuity, quite different from the soft, gooey morsels some of us grew up with. Baking is another option, but that can be equally dubious thanks to the nature of the ingredients here. The baking soda and flour produced in Turkey have different chemical compositions from those in Europe and the U.S., while essential components like vanilla and chocolate chips aren’t readily available—all resulting in cookies that don’t taste nearly like the ones we are obsessed with back home. What’s a cookie-lover to do?

Now, there’s an easy alternative. Jacqueline Cookies just opened for business in Cihangir, delivering up soft, chewy American-style cookies throughout the city. The cookie shop was started by Tarık, who grew up in Istanbul, then lived six years each in England and Belgium. He was familiar with Turkish kurabiye as a youngster, but he first tasted a “proper” cookie in London. From that moment he was hooked: “I was like, ‘Wow, why don’t we have this in Turkey?’ I always had in my mind, one day I’m gonna open a cookie shop, one day I’m gonna open a cookie shop” …

Read more at Yabangee: Jacqueline Cookies: A Sweet Taste of Home in Cihangir. Photo provided by Jacqueline Cookies.

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One thought on “Jacqueline Cookies: A Sweet Taste of Home in Cihangir (Yabangee)

  1. UM September 3, 2014 / 3:18 am

    Yummy

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