Ghoraibi Butter Cookie Recipe

Moroccan almond biscuit, close-up
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  • Total: 27 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Yield: about 4 dozen (48 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
137 Calories
11g Fat
9g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: about 4 dozen (48 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 137
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 31mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 2g
Calcium 22mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Ghoraibi are butter cookies from Lebanon. They are not too sweet because the flavor is balanced by the blanched almonds that rest on top. These cookies are easy to make and are perfect with tea or coffee. They are completely white and are sometimes served at weddings because the color represents purity.


  • 2 cups butter (softened)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups almonds (blanched and halved)
  • 1 teaspoon clear almond extract

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 300 F. Beat butter in mixing bowl for 5 minutes, or until fluffy. Cream in sugars. Add almond extract. Slowly add in flour. If you do not have a heavy-duty stand mixer, you may want to mix in half of the flour with the mixer, then the remaining with a spoon. You don't want to burn out the motor on a hand mixer.​​

  2. Chill in the refrigerator for up to one hour.

  3. Roll out chilled cookie dough on a floured surface. Roll into a rope that is 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick.​

  4. Cut diagonally into diamond shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheets. Place one almond in the center of each cookie.

  5. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove and cool on cooling racks.