Algerian Mchewek - My Traditional Family Recipe!

Recipe by Um Safia
READY IN: 27mins


  • 3
    cups ground almonds (ground in food processor) or 3 cups desiccated coconut (ground in food processor)
  • 3
    small eggs (approx)
  • 1 12
    teaspoons baking powder
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla powder or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12
    cup chopped sliced almonds (to roll onto) or 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • glace cherries, to decorate


  • Put ground almonds or coconut, baking powder, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl and mix well (traditionally with your hand). Slowly incorporate the eggs until a firm paste has been achieved.
  • Make small balls from the dough - slightly larger than a malteser or olive. Roll each ball in the chopped flaked almonds or coconut and coat well.
  • Place the mchewek balls on a baking sheet which has been greased and lightly floured. Put 1/4 a glace cherry on the top in the centre of each mchewek.
  • Cook in a preheated oven at 170c for approximately 12 minutes or until almonds have turned a pale golden colour.
  • Allow to cool before placing in small bun/sweet cases (optional).