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Moroccan Almond Cookie and Sweets Recipes

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Almonds are used extensively in cooking and baking. Here's a round-up of Moroccan cookie recipes and sweets on the site which use almonds or almond paste. Some recipes call for skinning and/or frying the almonds. The tutorial How to Blanch, Peel and Fry Almonds explains this process.

1. Makrout with Almonds and Honey

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Photo © Christine Benlafquih
These delicious, cake-like cookies are easier to make than you might think. Semolina dough is wrapped around logs of almond paste, cut into pieces and then fried. A dip in honey flavored with orange flower water adds sheen and sticky sweetness.

2. Almond Briouats

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Photo © Christine Benlafquih

These almond paste-filled pastries are well-loved throughout Morocco. Although they might be offered for a casual tea time, they're most likely to be served when honoring guests, celebrating a special occasion, or when setting up a spread of food to break the fast in Ramadan.

3. Almond Ghoribas

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Photo © Christine Benlafquih
Very chewy in texture, these delicious macaroon-like cookies are quite easy to prepare. Blanched almonds are processed into a paste and flavored with vanilla and lemon zest.

4. Kaab el Ghazal

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Photo © Christine Benlafquih
One of Morocco's most famous sweets, Kaab el Ghazal literally translates to "gazelle's ankles," but in English they're more commonly called Gazelle's Horns. Either way, the names make clear reference to the cookie's characteristic crescent shape. The thin pastry dough conceals a tender almond paste filling flavored with orange flower water and cinnamon. For step-by-step photos, see the tutorial How to Make Kaab el Ghazal.

 

5. Chebakia with Almonds

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Photo © Christine Benlafquih
The dough for this Moroccan cookie is made with ground sesame and almonds, then shaped, fried and dipped in hot honey flavored with orange flower water.

6. Whole Almond Macaroons

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Photo © Christine Benlafquih
This easy almond macaroon recipe uses whole egg and whole almonds, which gives the cookies are more rustic appearance. Chewy and delicious!

7. Ghoribas with Sliced Almonds

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Photo © Christine Benlafquih
This variation of almond ghoriba features a sliced almond garnish with a simple syrup glaze.

 

8. Fekkas with Almonds, Sesame and Raisins

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Photo © P.Zouhair
Moroccan fekkas are twice-baked like biscotti, but are a bit easier on the teeth – no dunking is required to enjoy these crunchy cookies! This version features a cookie laden with almonds, raisins and sesame. Anise seeds and orange flower water round add traditional Moroccan flavor.

9. Stuffed Dates

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Photo © Christine Benlafquih
The almond paste filling in these stuffed dates is flavored with orange flower water and cinnamon. If you like, add some food color for a festive presentation.

10. Sellou

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Photo © Christine Benlafquih
Almonds are key to this traditional Moroccan sweet, as are browned flour, sesame seeds, anise and cinnamon. It's a popular offering during Ramadan, weddings, births and other special occasions.

11. Ktefa - Milk Bastilla

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Photo © Christine Benlafquih
Paper thin rounds of fried or baked warqa is layered with pastry cream and chopped, fried almonds. Fresh fruit may be addded. It's a very traditional and elegant dessert to offer after a Moroccan meal.
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