Gharaiba Bil Laoz Recipe - Traditional Libyan Almond Cookies

Gharaiba Bil Laoz

Gharaiba Bil Laoz Recipe - Traditional Libyan Almond Cookies
Region / culture: Libya | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 25 minutes | Servings: 12


Gharaiba Bil Laoz
Gharaiba Bil Laoz

Gharaiba Bil Laoz is a traditional Middle Eastern cookie that is loved for its delicate texture and nutty flavor. This recipe is a classic favorite that is perfect for any occasion.


Gharaiba Bil Laoz has been enjoyed for generations in Middle Eastern households. The combination of butter, sugar, almonds, and flour creates a delicious cookie that is perfect for tea time or as a sweet treat.


How to prepare

  1. Heat the butter and add sugar, almonds, and flour. Beat until it becomes soft. Preheat the oven. Cut the mixture into crescent shapes and arrange them on a large flat pan. Place the pan in the preheated oven. Remove from the oven and sprinkle some sugar over the gharaiba.


  • Add a sprinkle of cinnamon or cardamom for a warm and spicy flavor.
  • Substitute the almonds with pistachios or walnuts for a different twist.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to beat the butter, sugar, almonds, and flour until the mixture is soft and well combined.

- Preheat the oven before placing the cookies in to ensure even baking.

- Cut the dough into crescent shapes for a traditional look.

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy Gharaiba Bil Laoz with a cup of hot tea or coffee for a delightful snack.

Cooking Techniques

Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy for a tender cookie.

- Bake the cookies until they are lightly golden for the perfect texture.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use margarine instead of butter for a dairy-free option.

- Swap out the almonds for your favorite nuts or seeds.

Make Ahead Tips

Prepare the dough ahead of time and refrigerate until ready to bake for fresh cookies anytime.

Presentation Ideas

Arrange the Gharaiba Bil Laoz on a decorative platter and dust with powdered sugar for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Serve Gharaiba Bil Laoz with a side of fresh fruit or a scoop of ice cream for a delicious dessert.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store Gharaiba Bil Laoz in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. Reheat in the oven for a few minutes to refresh.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Gharaiba Bil Laoz contains approximately 150 calories.


Each serving of Gharaiba Bil Laoz contains approximately 20g of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Gharaiba Bil Laoz contains approximately 8g of fats.


Each serving of Gharaiba Bil Laoz contains approximately 2g of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Gharaiba Bil Laoz is a good source of Vitamin E from the almonds.


This recipe contains almonds and butter, which may be allergens for some individuals.


Gharaiba Bil Laoz is a delicious treat that is moderate in calories and contains healthy fats from almonds.


Gharaiba Bil Laoz is a classic Middle Eastern cookie that is perfect for any occasion. With its delicate texture and nutty flavor, this recipe is sure to become a favorite in your household.

How did I get this recipe?

I can still remember the exact moment I discovered this recipe for Gharaiba Bil Laoz. It was a warm summer day, and I was visiting my dear friend Aisha in her cozy kitchen. Aisha was a master in the kitchen, and I always admired her skills and knowledge when it came to cooking. As we sat at her kitchen table sipping on fragrant mint tea, she suddenly mentioned a traditional Algerian almond cookie recipe that she had learned from her grandmother.

Intrigued, I leaned in closer as she described the process of making these delicate and flavorful cookies. She explained how the cookies were made with ground almonds, sugar, and a hint of orange blossom water, creating a melt-in-your-mouth texture that was simply divine. I could practically taste the sweet and nutty flavors just from her description.

As she spoke, memories of my own grandmother's kitchen flooded my mind. I remembered the comforting aromas of spices and herbs that always filled the air as she cooked up delicious meals for our family. My grandmother was my first teacher when it came to cooking, and I cherished the recipes and techniques she had passed down to me over the years.

Inspired by Aisha's story, I knew I had to try my hand at making these Gharaiba Bil Laoz cookies myself. With Aisha's guidance and encouragement, I gathered the necessary ingredients and set to work in my own kitchen. The familiar rhythm of mixing, shaping, and baking brought me a sense of peace and contentment, just as it always did when I cooked.

As the cookies baked in the oven, the warm and nutty aroma filled my kitchen, transporting me back to those cherished moments spent with my grandmother. I could almost hear her voice guiding me through the recipe, her hands deftly shaping the dough into perfect little rounds. I felt a deep connection to my past, to the traditions and memories that had shaped me into the cook I had become.

When the cookies were finally done, I eagerly took a bite, savoring the delicate crunch of the almonds and the subtle sweetness of the sugar. They were everything Aisha had promised and more – a perfect balance of flavors and textures that danced on my taste buds.

I knew then that this recipe for Gharaiba Bil Laoz would become a staple in my own kitchen, a tribute to the generations of strong and talented women who had come before me. Each time I made these cookies, I would be reminded of the love and wisdom that had been passed down through the years, from grandmother to mother to daughter.

And so, with each batch of Gharaiba Bil Laoz that I baked, I felt a connection to my roots, a sense of belonging and purpose that could only come from honoring the traditions of the past. I was grateful to Aisha for sharing this recipe with me, for opening up a world of flavors and memories that would forever be a part of my culinary journey.

As I sat at my kitchen table, enjoying another cup of mint tea and a few more of the delicious almond cookies, I couldn't help but smile. In that moment, surrounded by the scents and tastes of the past, I knew that I was exactly where I was meant to be – in the kitchen, with my memories and my recipes, creating a legacy of love and tradition that would endure for generations to come.


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