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Almond Ghoriba Cookies

Ghoriba are yummy bite size Moroccan pastries, usually made with nuts, honey and sugar. This recipe uses almonds, the fruit species that occupies the second largest area in Morocco. 

Prep: 1.5 hours | Cook: 15 minutes | Serves: 18

  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 250 grams of almond flour
  • 125 grams of powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of orange blossom water
  • Whole almonds for decoration
  • Powdered sugar for decoration
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180°C. 
  2. Add the almond flour, powdered sugar, a pinch of salt and the zest of a lemon to a bowl.
  3. Add 1 egg white (save the yolk) and the orange blossom water to the mixture, and mix together with your hands for a few minutes until you have a paste. If the paste is too dry, add some more orange blossom water.
  4. Cover the almond paste and place it in the fridge for 1 hour.
  5. After 1 hour mix in the egg yolk and the baking powder.
  6. Grease a large oven tray with butter and line with a piece of baking parchment.
  7. Moisten your hands with either some orange blossom water or plain water, and shape the paste into small walnut sized balls. 
  8. Roll the balls in powdered sugar, flattening them slightly, and place them on your oven tray.
  9. Place a whole almond in the center of each cookie, and bake 15 minutes.
  10. Let the cookies cool and enjoy!

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