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Moroccan Ghoriba Cookie Recipes

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Ghoriba refers to Moroccan cookies which are shaped by rolling dough into a ball, and then lightly flattening the top. Some are chewy like macaroons, while others are shortbread-like in texture.

1. Ghoriba with Toasted Sesame

These Moroccan shortbread cookies with toasted sesame seeds are a family favorite and very easy to make. Be sure to use unhulled golden sesame seeds for an authentic result.

2. Ghoriba with Coconut

Ghoribas with Coconut are delicious Moroccan macaroons with a crisp crust. This traditional recipe uses semolina, which perfectly complements the flavor and texture of coconut.

3. Ghoriba with Walnuts

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The texture of these cookies is similar to macaroons, with a crispy crust and chewy interior. Rich with the flavor of walnuts, they're easy to prepare and store well.

4. Ghoriba with Almonds

This recipe is for a classic Moroccan almond ghoriba, or chewy macaroon-like cookie. The instructions call for passing blanched almonds through a meat grinder to achieve a moist almond paste. If you don't have a grinder, process the almonds as finely as possible with a food processor.

5. Semolina Ghoribas

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Fine semolina provides the classic texture to these traditional Moroccan cookies. Orange flower water and vanilla (or lemon zest) add flavor.

6. Cinnamon Ghoribas

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No chilling time for the dough makes these easy cinnamon cookies a snap to prepare. Bake them until barely colored for a chewier cookie, or until golden for crispy, melt-in-the-mouth texture.

7. Ghoribas with Sliced Almonds

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This variation of the traditional Moroccan almond ghoriba features a sliced almond garnish and simple syrup glaze.

8. Ghoribas with Honey

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These simple tea time treats are flavored with honey and lemon zest. They're quick and easy to make on short notice for unexpected company or for an after school snack.

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