This traditional Turkish dessert is easy and yummy!

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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring water and molasses to a boil in a saucepan. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a separate saucepan over low heat. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the pan.

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  • Pour the molasses mixture into the flour, stirring to form a ball. Fold in chopped walnuts. Drop onto waxed paper by the spoonful, and allow to cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

418.3 calories; 3.9 g protein; 70.3 g carbohydrates; 30.5 mg cholesterol; 26.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2010
EDIT: The first time I made this it came out perfect the second and third times I had the problems of other reviewers. Here are my tips: let the molasses/water boil for 10 minutes or so to reduce before mixing it in. Spread onto a baking sheet and let cool. Cut into diamonds or other easy shapes when you're done. I thought this recipe was great. I didn't know what it was when I started making it but it is a nice sweet. I like that it doesn't use refined sugar only molases. And the texture is really interesting! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/17/2009
Nothing about this recipe was as I expected. When the flour is added to the butter it formed crumbs! When adding the molasses I had a soupy lumpy mass. My wire whisk beat the dough somewhat smoother. After dropping the scoops onto the paper they never hardened. This was like eating spoon fudge! On the plus side I can say that this was sweet! Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2010
EDIT: The first time I made this it came out perfect the second and third times I had the problems of other reviewers. Here are my tips: let the molasses/water boil for 10 minutes or so to reduce before mixing it in. Spread onto a baking sheet and let cool. Cut into diamonds or other easy shapes when you're done. I thought this recipe was great. I didn't know what it was when I started making it but it is a nice sweet. I like that it doesn't use refined sugar only molases. And the texture is really interesting! Read More
(17)
Rating: 2 stars
08/17/2009
Nothing about this recipe was as I expected. When the flour is added to the butter it formed crumbs! When adding the molasses I had a soupy lumpy mass. My wire whisk beat the dough somewhat smoother. After dropping the scoops onto the paper they never hardened. This was like eating spoon fudge! On the plus side I can say that this was sweet! Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2008
Allah razi olsun:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/31/2009
This recipe looked really weird at first but then tasted really good! We added twice the amount of walnuts and rolled the Halwa in them. This is only if you like walnuts. Very easy recipe too! Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
10/04/2010
I halved the recipe but I did need to use a touch of extra butter to get the flour to come together into a dough. I used one reviewer's suggestion of boiling the water and molasses for around 10 minutes to reduce it a bit and I really enjoyed these! Super easy to make and nothing like I've ever tasted before. I have to agree with the person who said they liked the fact that there is no refined sugar in these. I'll make these again thanks for a great recipe! Read More
(8)
Rating: 3 stars
02/18/2010
I want to thank Asli for her contribution of Turkish dishes. My husband is originally from Istanbul and I wanted to surprise him with this recipe. I didn't have much luck with it (Sueb review could have been mine) and he told me that his mom used to make Halwa but not with Molasses. I'm going to try your other Turkish recipes that you've submitted. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2008
Merhaba Aslicigim!! Cok super bir tarif. Tesekkur ederim!! Nuray Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/01/2011
This did not work for me!! Simple became soupy and lumpy like someone else said. Directions aren't quite right here... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2011
for reviewers who said it didn't 'harden' - I don't think un helva/flour helva is supposed to harden. there are different kinds of helva. tahin helva is what you usually find in stores in the US - its made from sesame paste, not flour, and it's hard and crumbly. flour helva has a softish consistency when its made correctly, and its even better the second day. I've never seen Un helva made with molasses, and personally I would leave out the nuts - you could try substituting some milk (and sugar of course) for the molasses if you want to try making the standard version. Read More
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