Ghoriba Recipe - Traditional Moroccan Almond Cookies


Ghoriba Recipe - Traditional Moroccan Almond Cookies
Region / culture: Morocco | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 25 minutes | Servings: 60



Ghoriba is a traditional Moroccan almond cookie that is popular during special occasions and holidays. These delicious cookies are easy to make and are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth.


Ghoriba has been a staple in Moroccan cuisine for centuries. The recipe has been passed down through generations and is a beloved treat in Moroccan households. These cookies are often served during Eid al-Fitr, the celebration that marks the end of Ramadan.


How to prepare

  1. In a bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, yeast, and lemon zest. Gradually add the chopped almonds and semolina, stirring continuously until a soft dough forms.
  2. Dampen your hands with a little orange blossom water and take a portion of the dough. Roll it into a ball and slightly flatten it. Place the balls on a plate and sprinkle them with icing sugar.
  3. Bake in an oven preheated to 350°F (177°C) for 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. This recipe yields approximately 60 biscuits.


  • Add a pinch of cinnamon or cardamom for a spiced flavor.
  • Substitute the almonds with pistachios or walnuts for a different twist.
  • Drizzle melted chocolate over the cookies for a decadent touch.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to beat the eggs well to ensure a light and fluffy texture.

- Use fresh almonds for the best flavor.

- Be careful not to overmix the dough, as this can result in tough cookies.

- Allow the cookies to cool completely before storing them in an airtight container.

Serving Suggestions

Ghoriba is best enjoyed with a cup of Moroccan mint tea or coffee.

Cooking Techniques


Ingredient Substitutions

You can use almond flour instead of chopped almonds.

- Replace the semolina with flour for a different texture.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before baking.

Presentation Ideas

Arrange the Ghoriba on a decorative platter and sprinkle with additional icing sugar for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Serve Ghoriba with fresh fruit, such as oranges or dates, for a balanced snack.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store Ghoriba in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week. To reheat, place the cookies in a preheated oven at 300°F (150°C) for a few minutes.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Ghoriba contains approximately 150 calories.


Each serving of Ghoriba contains approximately 10 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Ghoriba contains approximately 8 grams of fats.


Each serving of Ghoriba contains approximately 4 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Ghoriba is a good source of vitamin E, magnesium, and calcium.


Ghoriba contains almonds and eggs, which may be allergens for some individuals.


Ghoriba is a delicious treat that is relatively low in carbohydrates and high in healthy fats and proteins. It is a great option for those looking for a sweet snack that is also nutritious.


Ghoriba is a delightful Moroccan almond cookie that is perfect for any occasion. With its nutty flavor and delicate texture, these cookies are sure to be a hit with your family and friends. Enjoy this traditional treat with a cup of tea or coffee for a truly satisfying experience.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the sense of wonder I felt when I first saw this recipe for ghoriba. It was given to me by a dear friend who had learned how to make these delicious Moroccan cookies during her travels in North Africa. The exotic blend of spices and the delicate texture of these treats intrigued me, and I knew I had to learn how to make them myself.

My friend, Fatima, invited me over to her home one afternoon to show me the ins and outs of making ghoriba. As I watched her deftly mix the ingredients together, I couldn't help but marvel at her skill and precision. She explained to me that ghoriba are traditional Moroccan cookies that are often served at special occasions and celebrations. The combination of almond flour, sugar, and spices creates a rich and flavorful cookie that is sure to delight anyone who tries it.

As Fatima demonstrated each step of the process, I took notes and asked questions, eager to learn as much as I could. She showed me how to toast the almond flour to bring out its nutty flavor, and how to carefully measure each ingredient to ensure the perfect balance of sweetness and spice. The scent of cinnamon, cardamom, and orange blossom water filled the air as we worked, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere in her kitchen.

After mixing the dough and shaping the cookies, Fatima placed them on a baking sheet and popped them into the oven. As they baked, the cookies spread out and turned a golden brown, filling the room with a tantalizing aroma. I couldn't wait to try one, and when they were finally cool enough to eat, I took a bite and savored the delicate crunch and the rich, buttery flavor.

From that day on, I was hooked on ghoriba. I made them for my family and friends, bringing a taste of Morocco to our gatherings and celebrations. Each time I baked a batch of these cookies, I thought of Fatima and the wonderful afternoon we had spent together, sharing stories and laughter as we worked side by side in the kitchen.

Over the years, I have continued to perfect my recipe for ghoriba, adding my own twist to the traditional flavors and experimenting with different variations. I have shared the recipe with countless others, passing on the knowledge and joy that Fatima shared with me that day. And each time I make these cookies, I am reminded of the sense of wonder and gratitude that I felt when I first saw that recipe, a reminder of the power of food to bring people together and create lasting memories.


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