Bassmaht Al’Arossah


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
2 eggs
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

6 Responses to Bassmaht Al’Arossah

  • meeso says:

    This is my kind of cookie! Sounds so perfect and looks like it would melt in your mouth! Wish I had a plate with some hot coffee!

  • dailydelicious says:

    Hi,
    About the photograph in my blog, actually, I use auto focus,^ ^, and I use Macro lens.
    But my brother said that if you want to get the same style, you will have to set the shutter speed to low, so the background will blur.

    Sorry that I just can help you much.
    Pook

  • Susan says:

    Ooooooh….these are gorgeous. A lovely collection of desserts, as well as other amazing dishes.

    Happy New Year!

  • Nate-n-Annie says:

    How do you make orange blossom water?

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  • Noor says:

    Annie, Orange blossom is water is an essence that you can buy at any Arabic or Turkish store. Its a large bottle for pretty cheap, also you can get rose water. If you do not have any just substitute it with orange juice which is the next best thing.

    Thanks everyone else for the nice comments.

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