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.
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cardamom (optional) or 1 tablespoon orange flower water or 1 tablespoon rose water (optional)
- 1 cup pure ghee
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 50 blanched almond halves or 50 walnuts or 50 pine nuts or 50 pistachios
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- Melt ghee in a saucepan on the stove.
- Add icing sugar to ghee and mix till sugar is completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat.
- Add cardamom and gradually add in the flour and baking soda.
- Mix well. dough should not stick to your hand.
- Add more flour if necessary.
- Roll 1 tsp of dough at a time into balls.
- Place onto an oven tray, flatten slightly.
- Place a nut of your choice in the middle of each cookie.
- Bake at 180°C for 10 minutes, or until tops are cream.
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!
The cookies were WONDERFUL!!!This is my childrens favorite Arabic cookie. It was so simple to make. THANX;)
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 ;)