Iraqi date cookies called Kleicha are considered to be the national cookie of Iraq. Iraq is one of the top three producers of dates in the world. This is a traditional recipe and there are many variations. It comes in different shapes and fillings, the most common types are filled with dates or an assortment of coconut and walnuts.
During the month of Ramadan they are very popular. It’s also the custom to exchange platters of kleicha among neighbors. Kleicha is moderately sweet and not so greasy. It is rather dry but pleasantly brittle to the bite.
Historically, kleicha may be traced back to the ancient Mesopotamian ‘qullupu’. The ancient Babylonians were known to make similar cookies called qullupu, which were known to be round in shape (qullu), also taking note that the modern term for Kleicha derives from the Semitic kull meaning whole, and the Greek kolo meaning circle, and kuklus meaning, wheel.