Ghraybeh Cookies

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Recipe by  Grethel

“This rich Mediterranean butter cookie is named after the Arabic word for 'swoon', ghraybeh. The key ingredient for these exotic treats is the semolina.”

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Original recipe yields 2 dozen



  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
  2. Sift together the cake flour, all-purpose flour, and semolina and set aside. Beat the butter for at least 10 minutes until it is fluffy. Then beat 2 more minutes while sprinkling in the blossom water and confectioners' sugar. Fold in the flour mixture gradually. Then refrigerate the soft dough in covered bowl for about 10 minutes.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll or pat the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness, and cut into 1 inch sided diamonds and place them 1/2 inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Then place an almond in the center of each cookie.
  4. Back 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. Do not over bake. Let the cookies cool for at least an hour. The are best served after they have cooled for several hours.

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k. treat

k. treat

For the effort and ingredients in these cookies i was expecting an outstanding treat. There was very little "taste" to these cookies and i will be frosting my batch to accomodate.



I can fully assure everybody that they will like it. I'm Egyptian and this is a traditional cookie that we enjoy all year round. Then to my surprise after living 3 years in Scotland and enjoying the yummy Scottish shortbread I discovered that it is the same taste and recipe. It seems that tasty bites has no nationality but humanity!



I have been searching for the recipe to duplicate the cookies of my childhood and this is it! When we used to visit relatives, I would eat tons of these but I never got a recipe. The look was not 100% the same so I might try to shape them a little differently but the taste is exact! Not only are they delicious, the texture is amazing. Last but not least, lactose free!

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Amount Per Serving (24 total)

  • Calories
  • 142 cal
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 9.4 g
  • 14%
  • Carbs
  • 13 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 1.7 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 22 mg
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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