12 Unique Lebanese Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Mrs. Clueless l Simply Lebanese

Explore the sweet side of Lebanon with these 12 unique desserts, each offering a delightful taste experience.

1. Baklava

Layers of flaky pastry, filled with nuts and soaked in honey syrup.

2. Knafeh

A crispy, cheese-filled dessert, often topped with syrup and pistachios.

3. Maamoul

Date or nut-filled cookies, traditionally served during religious celebrations.

4. Halawet El Jibn

Sweet cheese rolls, often stuffed with cream and drizzled with syrup.

5. Osmaliye

A creamy and crispy dessert, loved by everyone.

6. Sfouf

A turmeric-infused semolina cake, known for its distinctive yellow color.

7. Layali Lubnan

Translating to ‘Lebanese Nights’, this dessert features layers of semolina pudding and cream.

8. Mughli

A spiced rice pudding, customarily prepared to celebrate new births.

9. Atayef

Stuffed pancakes, typically filled with cheese or nuts and folded into a crescent shape.

10. Aish El Saraya

A bread pudding dessert, often soaked in sweet syrup and topped with cream.

11. Mouhalabieh

A fragrant milk pudding, flavored with rose water or orange blossom.

12. Riz Bi Haleeb

This classic Lebanese rice pudding is a creamy, comforting dessert. Made with rice, milk, and sugar, it’s often flavored with rose water or orange blossom water and garnished with cinnamon and pistachios. Its simplicity belies its delightful flavor and soothing texture.

Each of these desserts represents a facet of Lebanon’s rich culinary tapestry, offering a sweet journey through the country’s gastronomic heritage.

Related: 12 Top Wineries in Lebanon for Wine Enthusiasts

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