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Ghorbias, Montécaos غريبية | North African Shortbread Cookies


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Ghribiya in North Africa, Ghorabieh غريبية in the Middle East or Montécaos in Spain, these little shortbread cookies came from the kitchen of Andulasia. These cookies are very economical, quick and easy to prepare yet are truly delightful on all celebratory tables. The recipe I'm using today comes from the ancient Andulasian cookbook called El Kitāb al Tabīkh by Ibn Razin al -Toujibi.

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For this recipe, I'm using a neutral sunflower oil, but you can use melted butter, ghee, smen or a mixture of oil and butter.


So let's get started with the recipe...

KITCHEN TIME 🕓 ACTIVE PREP TIME : 10  min |   INACTIVE PREP TIME : 5 min   |  COOK TIME : 125 min 

cookie recipes | makes at least 15 cookies

Ghorbias, Montécaos غريبية | North African Shortbread Cookies

Traditional Algerian Recipe

1 cup measure = one 240ml mug

  • 3 - 3 1/2 cup sifted flour
  • 1 measure oil (sunflower, olive oil, etc)
  • 1 measure powdered sugar/icing sugar
  • 1 packet of baking powder (10g - 2tsp)
  • 2 tsp vanilla powder
  • pinch of salt
  • cinnamon

Cream the oil and powdered sugar together.

Add in the vanilla, generous pinch of cinnamon, and sifted baking powder.

Now gradually add in the flour until you have a nice supple dough.

Allow to rest for about 30 minutes, covered in the fridge.

Remove from the fridge and allow to rest at room temperature for at least 5 minutes before handling.

Now pinch off walnut sized balls of dough, then roll into balls.

Place on a greased baking sheet, then top with cinnamon.

Bake in a preheated 170°C - 325°F oven for abot 10 min. But I would suggest checking them around 8 minutes. They should be golden on the bottom but not browned or burned.
These cookies would go lovely with some date milk or mint tea.

    Make Ahead
    ⇝ These cookies is easily made ahead up to 2 days before you would like to serve it.


    ⇝ The cookies  keeps well, stored in a food safe box for several days. 

    Alternative Shape
    ⇝ Another nice way to prepare these cookies is to form them into a mount or use a cookie mold. 

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