Ghraybeh-4
Recipes, Sweet

Vegan Ghraybeh (Middle Eastern Shortbread Cookies) Recipe #SundaySupper

November 3, 2013

GhraybehThis week #SundaySupper has an awesome theme: Middle Eastern Cuisine. I love Middle Eastern cuisine! However, when thinking more and more about it I rarely have dessert. I have some greek desserts which I don’t consider true Middle Eastern so I went on a hunt.

Ghraybeh-2I found a recipe for shortbread cookies but of course they were full of ghee. A substitution of margarine and a few more ingredients later I got a really cool twist on a classic ghraybeh cookie.

Ghraybeh-3Ghraybeh are Lebanese and so tasty. Orange flower water is something I had to go buy but the subtle taste was well worth it. Sometimes they are covered with powdered sugar and sometimes they are plain. Let’s be honest, everything is better with powdered sugar!

Vegan Ghraybeh (Middle Eastern Shortbread Cookies)

Vegan Ghraybeh (Middle Eastern Shortbread Cookies)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup semolina flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 1 cup margarine, softened
  • 2 teaspoons orange flower water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 cup (approximately) shelled pistachios
  • Extra powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300ºF.
  2. Mix together the margarine, sugar, and orange flower water until light and creamy. Sift together flours and cardamom and stir into margarine mixture until well combined. Chill dough for 30 minutes.
  3. Form dough into grape-sized balls, then shape balls into wreaths. Place a pistachio on each cookie.
  4. Arrange cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 18-20 minutes, until cookies are dry to the touch and just starting to change color. Transfer cookies to a rack and immediately dust heavily with powdered sugar.
  5. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
http://www.killerbunniesinc.com/2013/11/vegan-ghraybeh-middle-eastern-shortbread-cookies-recipe-sundaysupper/

Mezze {Appetizers}

Salata {Salads and Sides}

Main

Halwa {Desserts}

You Might Also Like

29 Comments

  • Reply The Ninja Baker November 3, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Orange water sounds intriguing, Shannon. And your yummy looking cookies are positively calling my name! Thank you for sharing the recipe =)

  • Reply Amanda @ MarocMama November 3, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    Orange water really is a great ingredient to have on hand and a little bit goes a long way! Love your vegan take on these cookies!

  • Reply Liz November 3, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    There were SO many variations of this cookie when I was looking for a recipe! Yours sounds SO good with the orange flower water…and I love the shape!!!

    • Reply Shannon November 3, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      I planned on just making rope wreaths but I left my dough in the fridge too long the last time I made it for the photos. Oopsie! Still tasted great though!

  • Reply Quick Persian Rice and Spiced Beef for a Middle Eastern #SundaySupper November 3, 2013 at 4:31 AM

    […] Ghraybeh Cookies – Killer Bunnies, Inc […]

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The comment’s server IP (50.87.144.78) doesn’t match the comment’s URL host IP (192.232.251.49) and so is spam.

  • Reply Shaina November 3, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    This is a really interesting recipe, thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Sesame Tahini Cookies | Magnolia Days November 3, 2013 at 5:11 AM

    […] Ghraybeh Cookies – Killer Bunnies, Inc […]

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The comment’s server IP (50.87.144.142) doesn’t match the comment’s URL host IP (198.57.245.80) and so is spam.

  • Reply Couscous, Lentil and Chickpea Salad #SundaySupper - citronlimette November 3, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    […] Ghraybeh Cookies – Killer Bunnies, Inc […]

  • Reply Roasted Tomato Hummus #SundaySupper — Family Foodie November 3, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    […] Ghraybeh Cookies – Killer Bunnies, Inc […]

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The comment’s server IP (50.63.197.130) doesn’t match the comment’s URL host IP (50.62.227.1) and so is spam.

  • Reply Homemade Labneh Cheese #SundaySupper | The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen November 3, 2013 at 6:16 AM

    […] Ghraybeh Cookies – Killer Bunnies, Inc […]

  • Reply Family Foodie November 3, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    I need some of these right now to dunk in my coffee. These look fabulous!

  • Reply Constance @FoodieArmyWife November 3, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    What adorable little cookies!

  • Reply Shakshuka for Two #SundaySupper - kimchi MOM ™ November 3, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    […] Ghraybeh Cookies – Killer Bunnies, Inc […]

  • Reply Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen November 3, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    WOW I love your recipe as well as Liz’s. I see a lot of shortbread cookies in my future!!

  • Reply Renee November 3, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Great for vegan cookie monsters! And now you have me curious about orange flower water too. I’ll have to look for it and give it a try.

  • Reply Kushari for a Middle Eastern #SundaySupper » Curious Cuisiniere November 4, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    […] Ghraybeh Cookies – Killer Bunnies, Inc […]

  • Reply Chicken Shawarma #SundaySupper | The Texan New Yorker November 4, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    […] Ghraybeh Cookies – Killer Bunnies, Inc […]

  • Reply Falafel with Israeli Salad #SundaySupper | Webicurean November 4, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    […] Ghraybeh Cookies – Killer Bunnies, Inc […]

  • Reply Jane's Adventures in Dinner November 4, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    What a treat! I’ve never had these either but now .trt wait n’t

  • Reply Kathy November 4, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    I am of Lebanese heritage, and grew up with a grandma who made ghraybeh quite often…now I make them for my grandchildren. Yours look lovely!

  • Reply The Wimpy Vegetarian November 4, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    I’ve never hear of these cookies! They sound wonderful and I’ll definitely be trying since I love shortbread.

  • Reply Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) November 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    I’m beginning to like Middle Eastern desserts! These look delectable!

  • Reply Muhammara for Middle Eastern #SundaySupper | Supper for a Steal November 5, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    […] Ghraybeh Cookies – Killer Bunnies, Inc […]

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The comment’s server IP (198.57.247.173) doesn’t match the comment’s URL host IP (192.254.232.198) and so is spam.

  • Reply Lane @ Supper for a Steal November 5, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Mmm pistachios in the cookies and dusted with powdered sugar, sounds amazing!

  • Reply Basbousa With Rose Syrup #SundaySupper : Mess Makes Food November 6, 2013 at 6:05 AM

    […] Ghraybeh Cookies – Killer Bunnies, Inc […]

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The comment’s server IP (208.113.184.219) doesn’t match the comment’s URL host IP (208.113.174.135) and so is spam.

  • Reply Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips November 7, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    These sound so delicious and they look so pretty, too!

  • Reply Charred Eggplant and Chickpea Stew | The Wimpy Vegetarian November 8, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    […] Ghraybeh Cookies – Killer Bunnies, Inc […]

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The comment’s server IP (50.87.144.161) doesn’t match the comment’s URL host IP (162.144.3.114) and so is spam.

  • Reply Beef Tagine over Couscous #SundaySupper - Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks July 6, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    […] Ghraybeh Cookies – Killer Bunnies, Inc […]

  • Reply Lebanese Rice #SundaySupper - Cindy's Recipes and WritingsCindy's Recipes and Writings August 11, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    […] Ghraybeh Cookies – Killer Bunnies, Inc […]

  • Leave a Reply

    CommentLuv badge