Coconut Ghoribas

Ghoribas are very popular cookies throughout Morocco, the traditional ghoriba is made with flour, anise seeds, and sesame seeds but you can find other versions of the traditional cookie, such as Almond, wallnut, and coconut. Ghoribas are similar to the Macaroon but much easier to make. There is no need to make your arm sore by beating egg whites to a peak, no need to search for cream of tartar in 10 different grocery stores. You just simply mix all your ingredients in a bowl, shape in to balls, roll in powder sugar and Taddda.

5 cups shredded (unsweetened) coconut
1 cup (all purpose) flour or 1 Cup (fine) semolina
4 eggs (you can use 3 eggs if using regular flour)
1 1/4 (or 8oz) cup powder sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon Almond extract or 1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/4 cup finely choped almonds (optional)
1/4 Cup Melted butter
1/4 cup oil

Melt butter, set aside. In large bowl sift flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Add coconut and mix with a fork. Add your eggs, butter, and oil mix by hand. Now you can add your choped almonds and mix again until almonds are evenly incorporated. The batter will be a bit sticky, so make sure to wash your hands before forming your cookies. Roll dough into wallnut size balls, wet your hands with the orange blossom, to prevent dough from sticking to your hands and for that extra orange kick to your cookies. Press ball sightly and roll in powder sugar. Place cookies 1 inch apart in a well greased cookie sheet, bake in a preheated oven for approx 20 min or until cookies appear light golden and cracks have formed on top of cookie...

adapted from, moroccanfood.about.com


Anonymous said...

I made these today (halved the recipe) and they are delicious!! Lightly sweet, none of the flavors are competing, perfect :). Thanks for the recipe

From Yeast to Zest said...

Thank you, I love these as well. Maybe I will make them tonight since I have all the ingredients and a recent crave for fresh coconut which I doubt I will get this winter. :P

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