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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Moroccan Orange Flower Water Ghoriba Cookies

Ghoriba are baked in Morocco and the ingredients vary depending on the type of cookie you are making. This Moroccan version uses ground almond flower and orange flower water. 


Ilma Zhar or orange flower water is a clear strong, distillation of fresh bitter-orange blossoms. In Morocco, orange blossom water is called Ilma Zhar, a phrase in Arabic meaning flower water. A common snack with mint tea is Moroccan orange flower water ghoriba or cookie.

Moroccan Orange Flower Water Ghoriba Cookies

 

Ingredients:
Moroccan Orange Flower Water Ghoriba Cookies
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1 cup almond flour
1 large egg
2 tablespoons of butter
¼ cup of water or enough for light kneading
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon orange flower water (substitute vanilla extract)

Directions:
Sift all the dry ingredients together, rub in butter with the tips of the fingers. Add the required amount of water then the egg. Add the remaining ingredients. Turn out on slightly floured board, roll or pat out the desired thickness, place close together in pan and bake 375 degrees 10-12 minutes.

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