Moroccan Almond Cookie and Sweets

Almonds are used extensively in cooking and baking. Here's a round-up of Moroccan cookie recipes and sweets on the site which use almonds or almond paste. Some recipes call for skinning and/or frying the almonds; be sure to familiarize yourself with the process.

  • 01 of 07

    Stuffed Dates

    Moroccan Stuffed Dates

    The Spruce / Christine Benlafquih

    The almond paste filling in these stuffed dates is flavored with orange flower water and cinnamon. If you like, add some food color for a festive presentation.

  • 02 of 07

    Kaab el Ghazal

    Kaab el Ghazal

    The Spruce / Christine Benlafquih

    One of Morocco's most famous sweets, Kaab el Ghazal literally translates to "gazelle's ankles," but in English, they're more commonly called Gazelle's Horns. Either way, the names make clear reference to the cookie's characteristic crescent shape. The thin pastry dough conceals a tender almond paste filling flavored with orange flower water and cinnamon.

  • 03 of 07

    Moroccan Almond Snake Pastry (M'hanncha or M'hancha)

    Moroccan almond snake pastry

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    Named for its snake-like coil shape, this baked Moroccan almond snake pastry is stuffed with homemade almond paste. A lovely presentation for special occasions.

  • 04 of 07

    Moroccan Almond Baklava

    Almond Baklawa (Baklava)
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    No pistachios here–Moroccan almond baklava (or baklawa) makes good use of almonds. A sticky, sweet, nutty delight.

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  • 05 of 07

    Chebakia With Almonds

    Chebakia with Almonds

    The Spruce / Christine Benlafquih

    The dough for these chebakia with almonds are made with ground sesame and almonds, then shaped, fried and dipped in hot honey flavored with orange flower water.

  • 06 of 07


    Moroccan Sellou or Sfouf

    The Spruce / Christine Benlafquih

    Almonds are key to this traditional Moroccan sweet, as are browned flour, sesame seeds, anise, and cinnamon. Sellou is a popular offering during Ramadan, weddings, births, and other special occasions.

  • 07 of 07

    Ktefa (Milk Bastilla)

    Ktefa or Milk Bastilla

    The Spruce / Christine Benlafquih

    Paper thin rounds of fried or baked warqa is layered with pastry cream and chopped fried almonds. Fresh fruit may be added. Ktefa is a very traditional and elegant dessert to offer after a Moroccan meal.