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Walnut and orange ghriba recipe

Walnut and orange ghriba recipe

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"I chose this recipe because ghriba is simply the most iconic cookie! We always serve it for teatime and you’ll never find a Moroccan teapot that doesn’t have some sort of ghriba next to it," says Nargisse Benkabbou, food blogger and cookbook author of Casablanca. "It’s a simple recipe that doesn’t need many ingredients, yet the result is delicious and addictive." See method

  • Makes 14
  • Takes 35 mins plus cooling
  • 248 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free


  • 170g walnut halves
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 1 heaped tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 30g unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 80g icing sugar, for coating

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    19g 27%
  • Saturates

    3g 15%
  • Sugars

    13g 14%
  • Salt

    0.3g 5%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 13.7g Protein 6.1g Fibre 0.1g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Line a large baking tray with nonstick baking paper.

  2. Put the walnuts and sugar in a food processor and blitz to a fine powder. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the other ingredients, apart from the icing sugar. Mix to a smooth, slightly sticky dough.

  3. Divide into 14 pieces, roll each into a ball, then roll each ball in icing sugar to coat completely. Transfer to the lined baking tray and lightly press each ball with the palm of your hand.

  4. Bake for 15-18 mins, until cracked and firm. Cool on the tray for 10 mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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