Nigerian Recipe

How to Make Hikima (Rose Cookie)

how to make Hikima

Hikima is a local snack usually made in northern Nigeria. It is called “Rose Cookie” in English, and it is basically made with wheat flour as the major ingredient. In this article, I will be teaching you how to make Hikima.

Perhaps, you have a daughter, sister, cousin sister, or niece to marry off. You will need Hikima to accompany her to her husband’s house. If that’s your situation, then you are at the right place. Stay with me as guide you on this.

Without wasting any time, let’s get started!

How to Make Hikima


Rose cookie iron
A bowl
A spoon
A frying pan


2 cups of wheat flour
3 spoons of sugar
A pinch of salt
1 egg
Vegetable oil
Half a cup of condensed milk

Procedure for Preparing Hikima

STEP 1: Add the 2 cups of flour, sugar, and a pinch of salt and mix.

STEP 2: Break the egg into a small container, stir it well, and pour it into the bowl.

STEP 3: Add the egg to the mixed ingredients listed in STEP 1 above.

STEP 4: Pour the condensed milk into the bowl and stir very well until the ingredients are well mixed.

STEP 5: Now add water. Be stirring as you are adding the water. Ensure it isn’t too thick or too watery.

STEP 6: Over medium heat, put the frying pan and add vegetable oil to it.

STEP 7: Get the Rose Cookie, and dip it inside the oil to get hot.

STEP 8: Take it out and immediately dip it in the Hikima paste, then immediately dip it in the hot oil and fry for 2 minutes.

STEP 9: Take it out of the oil and use a spoon to separate the Rose Cookie from the Rose Cookie Iron. Put it inside the container and cover it.

STEP 10: Repeat the same process until all the paste has been exhausted.

How to Serve Hikima

In other words, hikima are served on plates and eaten with the fingers. You could also eat it with drinks such as Kunun Aya, Zobo, Kunun Tsamiya, Kunun Gyada, etc.

Hikima snack

Occasions to Serve Best

It is used to accompany a bride to her new home, together with other snacks such as Chin Chin, Alkaki, and the likes.

However, it can be eaten at any time and any day.

How to Store Hikima

Just like Chin Chin and other local snacks, it can last for a very long time if well kept, away from dirt, and away from children.

Health Benefits of Hikima

Because of the wheat that is used in preparing this snack, provides us with the energy that we need every day; it is high in fibre and antioxidants.


That’s a wrap. Now that you know how to make Hikima (Rose Cookie), you should try and make yours.

You could also see how to make Dakuwa, Chin Chin, Dublan, Alkaki, and Balla Kabo. They are all interesting northern Nigerian snacks you should have a taste of.

You are always welcome to Northpad Nigeria for more local delicacies.

Suwaiba Dalhatu

Suwaiba Dalhatu is an enthusiastic writer. She grew up in Zaria. A specialist on recipes - local recipes to be precise. Cooking is like a profession to her. She loves to read and write in her leisure time, and also loves to make new friends.

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