I had planned to make the popular Moroccan cookie “kaab el ghzal’ but you know how us bakers are, never satisfied with a recipe. Therefore, I made a new twist on an old classic. And titled it “brides smile”. This cookie is a lot more filling and taste just burst out. This is one of the best cookies I have ever tried hands down.
1-1/2 ground almonds
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons orange flower water plus more for dusting
1 cup chopped dates
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1-2 cups flour
2 cups powdered sugar (for dusting)
1. In a large mixing bowl, add almonds, dates, sugar, eggs, orange water, cinnamon, allspice, salt, oil, baking powder and baking soda, mix well. Gently add flour a small amount at a time until you get a dough consistency. Allow to sit in fridge covered at least 10 minutes.
2. On a lightly floured surface place dough. Make dough into small balls with hands roll into a sausage shape. Then shape into a crescent shape. Place cookies onto a greased baking sheet. Bake cookies at 350 F for 15-20 minutes, until golden.
3. Allow cookies to cool. With pastry brush orange flower water all over cookies, then roll in powdered sugar.
Yields: 2 dozen cookies