Arabic Cardamom Shortbread (Gorayba)

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 10 mins

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.

Ingredients Nutrition


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

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!

oloschiavo December 18, 2006

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

Ranoush December 11, 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 ;)

COOKGIRl December 01, 2005