Ghriba- Moroccan Walnut Cookies

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This round Moroccan cookie serves well with hot tea or coffee- share with family and friends


  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 T butter, softened
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • pinch cinnamon
  • 3 T flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 2 1/4 c walnut pieces, coarsely ground
  • powdered sugar for dredging/dusting


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg and the butter, and then blend in the sugar and cinnamon.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder and work into the batter along with the walnuts. 
  3. Mix to form a consistent, smooth dough. 
  4. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  5. Preheat oven to 350. 
  6. Place the powdered sugar in a bowl. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  7. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls. It is easy to make them larger, but they are better if kept fairly small at 1 inch. Roll the balls in the powdered sugar and place on the baking sheet, spaced about 1 inch apart.
  8. Bake them for about 4-5 minutes, rotate the sheet, and bake until the cookies are golden and firm at the edges and cracked on the surface but soft in the center, another 4-5 minutes. 
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool on the sheet, then transfer to a rack. If desired, dust with more powdered sugar before serving.  
  • Makes about 2 dozen, less if you make them too big
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