Arabic Cardamom Shortbread (Gorayba) Recipe

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lemoncurd’s Note:

These cookies are made all over the Middle East. Each country and each household has their favourite recipe. The traditional shape is a horse shoe with the 2 ends pinched together and a nut is placed where they meet. I only do that if I am receiving guests or for a special occasion.


Serves: 50 Yield: 50 cookies

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons ground cardamom (optional) or 1 tablespoon orange flower water or 1 tablespoon rose water (optional)
1 cup pure ghee
1 cup icing sugar
50 blanched almond halves or 50 walnuts or 50 pine nuts or 50 pistachios
1/2 teaspoon baking soda


1 Melt ghee in a saucepan on the stove.

2 Add icing sugar to ghee and mix till sugar is completely dissolved.

3 Remove from heat.

4 Add cardamom and gradually add in the flour and baking soda.

5 Mix well. dough should not stick to your hand.

6 Add more flour if necessary.

7 Roll 1 tsp of dough at a time into balls.

8 Place onto an panggangan tray, flatten slightly.

9 Place a nut of your choice in the middle of each cookie.

10 Bake at 180°C for 10 minutes, or until tops are cream.

By lemoncurd

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