Ghoriba – Moroccan Almond Cookies

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Last Updated on February 1, 2021 by Chef Mireille

Moroccan has always been one of my favorite cuisines. Tagines, couscous and baklava are some of my favorite elements of their cuisine. Most of their desserts involve nuts and sometimes dried fruit. Unfortunately after a very scary experience, I now usually skip the desserts and prefer to make them at home.

I was once at a Moroccan restaurant with a group of friends – around 10 of us. Since we were such a large group, we decided to get samples of everything and eat family style. When dessert came, a platter came around and I thought I was safe with the baklava as all the times I had eaten it before, it was always made with walnuts or almonds. One bite and I started gasping for air to breathe. No Benadryl in my purse so there I am in the middle of winter running down 2nd Avenue on the Lower East Side of Manhattan without my coat looking for a Duane Reade Pharmacy to get some Benadryl.

My friends were unaware of my Hazelnut and Brazil nut allergy and when the reaction occurs, speaking becomes impossible so by the time I got back to the restaurant calmed down after taking some Benadryl, they were all freaking out because they didn’t know what caused me to go running out of the restaurant. I had run out so fast they didn’t know which direction to try to follow me – so some had gone out in search of me in different directions. It was one confusing and scary experience. Since I can’t depend on kitchen staff changing gloves between handing the different nuts, I now skip dessert at any Moroccan restaurant. For Moroccan desserts, I have to experiment at home myself.

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Ghoriba - Moroccan Almond Cookies

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Ghoriba – Moroccan Almond Cookies

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: Moroccan
Servings: 15


  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 ¾ cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/3 cups almond meal
  • 2 tablespoons oil


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 2 cookie sheets with non stick spray.
  • Combine the egg, egg yolk, powdered sugar and baking powder. Mix well until thoroughly combined.
  • Add almond extract, almond meal and oil. By hand, knead until the batter comes together into a dense dough.
  • Take a walnut sized piece of the dough and form into a ball. Flatten into a disk and place on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until lightly golden on the edges.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes before eating.


If using freshly ground almonds, they will release their own oils, making the oil unnecessary.
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  1. It is scary even to read the incident and can image how scared your friends must have beeb seeing you in that state. It is always better to be safe than regret later. Cookies look fabulous.

  2. Even i had that similar allergy when i ate raw nuts, obviously now i need to check twice when its comes to nuts and fruits.

    Ghoriba looks super tempting and dangerously addictive.

  3. oMg Mir, it is such a scary experience. Dealing with allergies can be very tricky needless to say the constant vigilance needed.Glad you were able to remedy the allergy flareup.

    These cookies look sinful to say the least.

  4. OMG so scary to read Mir!! Thank god u were able to get ur medication on time!
    Ghoriba looks fabulous those specks on top, Love it gives so much texture to the cookies! I originally thought of ghoriba but then had to give in for those roasted potatoes ?

  5. That is quite an experience you had Mir. I’m sure it must have been very scary.
    These cookies look like they will melt in the mouth. Easy to make and delicious.

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