Buskud (Somali Biscuits)

These delicately spiced biscuits (or as we generally call them in Somali – buskud) are usually made for the Eid festivals, birthdays and weddings. The week before Eid, Somali homes are filled with the delicious aroma of baking and a frenzy of cleaning to get ready for the festival.

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I am not sure how these biscuits came into Somali cuisine. Perhaps we appropriated them from the Italians who colonised Somalia and were in the country for about 100 years. Or maybe an intrepid Somali from British Somaliland or French Somaliland got the recipe from a British or French friend. Wherever they came from, they are a welcome addition to our fusion food culture!

Enjoy the buskud with spiced Somali Shaah.

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Buskud (Somali Biscuits)

Recipe by:
Shukri Abdikarim


2 cups self raising flour and 1 cup plain flour
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
250g butter
2 teaspoons cinnamon or cardamom powder


1. Melt butter and mix with sugar.
2. Beat eggs in a separate bowl.
3. Add eggs to melted butter and sugar.  Beat very well.
4. Sift flour and cinnamon or cardamom in a bowl.
5. Add the eggs, butter and sugar mixture.
6. Gently knead in a bowl until the mixture no longer sticks to the bowl.
7. Cut to desired shapes and bake until golden brown.

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Serves: 10 + people

12 Responses to “Buskud (Somali Biscuits)”

  1. Abdushakur Ali

    Wow I love these cookies. Can I replace the self rising flour with baking soda or baking powder?
    If I can, please let me know how much of the baking soda or powder should I use?

    • Somali Kitchen

      Waiyakum Ikran 🙂 For 1 cup self-raising flour, add 1½ tsp baking powder+ a pinch of salt to 1 cup all purpose flour. Don’t add the salt if your butter is salted. Enjoy.

  2. muniira

    I loved it ever one in my class love

  3. Habiba garibaaldi

    Asc sis waxaa sameysay cookies

  4. Jen

    Thanks for the recipe. Is this dough sticky or is it hard enough to cut it out with cookie cutters?

  5. Hodan

    Do you bake the cookies on a pan with parchment paper? And how can I get that golden look on the top of the cookie… set to broil? Thx

    • Somali Kitchen

      Hi Hodan, use baking paper if you wish. Alternatively, you can butter up your baking pan. I heat my oven to 180C/fan as that works nicely for me. Ovens are different as some tend to run hotter than others, but generally a hot oven is key to baking a good biscuit.

  6. Megan

    Thank you for the recipe. Should the butter be completely melted or just softened? Very excited to bake.


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