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    Arabic Cardamom Shortbread (Gorayba)

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    40 mins

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    10 mins

    lemoncurd's Note:

    These cookies are made all over the Middle East. Each country and each household has their favourite recipe. The traditional shape is a horse shoe with the 2 ends pinched together and a nut is placed where they meet. I only do that if I am receiving guests or for a special occasion.

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    Serves: 50



    Units: US | Metric


    1. 1
      Melt ghee in a saucepan on the stove.
    2. 2
      Add icing sugar to ghee and mix till sugar is completely dissolved.
    3. 3
      Remove from heat.
    4. 4
      Add cardamom and gradually add in the flour and baking soda.
    5. 5
      Mix well. dough should not stick to your hand.
    6. 6
      Add more flour if necessary.
    7. 7
      Roll 1 tsp of dough at a time into balls.
    8. 8
      Place onto an oven tray, flatten slightly.
    9. 9
      Place a nut of your choice in the middle of each cookie.
    10. 10
      Bake at 180°C for 10 minutes, or until tops are cream.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 18, 2006


      Lemoncurd, these cookies are beautiful. I made my own ghee for these, and was amazed at how simple it all was! Smooth and buttery with an exotic hint of cardamom, these will make a perfect addition to my Christmas cookie bags. Thanks for the recipe!

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    • on December 11, 2005


      The cookies were WONDERFUL!!!This is my childrens favorite Arabic cookie. It was so simple to make. THANX;)

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    • on December 01, 2005


      Fabulous, Fabulous, Fabulous! Used walnuts and even though I used the cardamom, I also added about 1/4 teaspoon orange blossom water. Thanks for sharing, Lemon! cg ;)

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    Nutritional Facts for Arabic Cardamom Shortbread (Gorayba)

    Serving Size: 1 (12 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 50

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 67.5
    Calories from Fat 40
    Total Fat 4.5 g
    Saturated Fat 2.6 g
    Cholesterol 10.7 mg
    Sodium 12.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 6.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    Sugars 2.3 g
    Protein 0.6 g

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