“Ghriba” are a kind of a very popular cracked cookies ; they are so easy to make. Traditionally they are flavoured with a dash of cinnamon .

Although you can make these classic Moroccan shortbread cookies plain, they’re so much better with crunchy, nutty additions of unhulled sesame and almonds. Use one or the other, or both.


  • 4 cups plain flour.
  • 40 gr sesame seeds toasted and ground.
  •  ½ teaspoon ground cardamon.
  • 80 g granulated sugar.
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 70 gr unsalted butter, softened 
  • 70 ml sunflower
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 1/4 cup almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 180C . 
  2. In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, ground sesame seeds,the grinded almond; cardamom, baking powder and salt; vanilla sugar ). In an another bowl,mix all the wet ingredients (butter, oil ) until smooth. Transfer the wet mixture into the dry mixture and mix until you’ve reached a dough consistency. leave the dough on a worktop for 5 minutes until soft.
  3. Divide the dough into balls ( size of a golf ball), place them on a lined baking sheet and lightly flatten them with the palm of your hand. Leave some distance between the ghriba when placing them on the tray because they will get slightly bigger while baking. Transfer in the oven and bake for 17 to 20 minutes until golden.
  4. Leave the cookies inside the pan until they have completely cooled down before removing them from the pan (don’t handle them while they are still warm they might broken).

Finally enjoy your Ghriba with a cup of cofee or whatever you want to drink .

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