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Exquisite Ghriba biscuits: a delicious taste of tradition with a hint of cinnamon

Exquisite Ghriba biscuits: a delicious taste of tradition with a hint of cinnamon

Immerse yourself in the delicious world of Ghriba, also known as Ghoyiba or Montecaos, with this traditional recipe that captures the essence of these beloved cookies. Known for their crumbly texture and subtle sweetness, these cookies are a staple of North African and Middle Eastern cuisine. Made with a blend of flour, nut powders and a touch of cinnamon, these treats are not only delicious but also wonderfully aromatic.

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Why you'll love it: Ghriba cookies are perfect for those who enjoy a less overtly sweet dessert. The combination of butter and oil gives these biscuits a particularly light but satisfying texture, making them ideal for accompanying tea or coffee. The addition of nut powders, like hazelnut or almond, gives each cookie a rich flavor that complements the cinnamon dusting wonderfully.

Perfect occasion: These cookies are a fantastic choice for cultural celebrations, holiday gatherings, or as a sophisticated everyday treat. They also make wonderful gifts during the holiday season, packaged in pretty boxes or tins. Serve them at a family gathering or casual get-together, and watch them become a conversation starter on traditional desserts from around the world.

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Decorating Tips: For a simple but elegant presentation, lightly press the center of each cookie before baking and sprinkle with cinnamon. After cooking and cooling, you can also lightly dust them with powdered sugar for an extra touch of sweetness. replaces the word nice with empty make them even more special, consider pressing a whole almond or hazelnut into the center of each cookie before baking for a delicious surprise.

Ingredients:

  • 500g flour
  • 160g powdered sugar
  • 120g melted butter
  • 160g peanut oil or standard cooking oil
  • 40 g hazelnut or almond powder (or replace with additional flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • A pinch of cinnamon for sprinkling
  1. Preheat your oven to 160 degrees Celsius (320 degrees Fahrenheit) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the oil, melted butter and powdered sugar until well combined.
  3. Gradually add the flour, baking powder and walnut powder (if using) to the wet ingredients, stirring until the dough is smooth and not sticky. Depending on the absorbency of your flour, you may need to adjust the amount slightly.
  4. Roll the dough into balls of approximately 45 g each. Place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Gently press the center of each ball with your thumb (optional) and sprinkle a little cinnamon on top.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 20 minutes or until the cookies are just set and lightly browned.
  7. Let the cookies cool on the tray before transferring them to a serving plate or storage container.

Enjoy these exquisite Ghriba biscuits, a taste of tradition that brings a subtle sweetness and a hint of spice to your dessert table or tea time!

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