Ghoriba: Moroccan Butter Cookies

Normally I am a soft cookie person, but I absolutely love these crispy, sesame seed filled cookies.  They are surprisingly flavorful judging by the simple list of ingredients.  The sesame seeds add great texture and a nutty taste.  If the idea of sesame seeds in your cookies isn’t appealing (but really, you must try it) then you can use cinnamon instead.  Or better yet, split the dough and make some of each!

Ghoriba: Moroccan Butter Cookies

Ghoriba: Moroccan Butter Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 dozen


  • Ingredients
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1/3 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 egg white, beaten


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift together the flour and salt; set aside.
  3. In another bowl, beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in the egg yolks.
  4. Gradually mix in the flour mixture to form a thick, stiff dough.
  5. Add sesame seeds to the dough and mix well.
  6. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased baking sheets.
  7. Flatten the cookies to about 1/4 inch thick. Brush the tops lightly with beaten egg white.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Food For Thought.



  1. Mmmmmm…I’m loving these moroccan cookies, seems to be crunchy and just perfect to be savored with tea rt in in the morning. I was longing to bake it for so long, now got the perfect recipe and will do it soon… !

  2. These look so wonderful!!!!

  3. I’d love to have some of these cookies with my tea in the morning. They look delicious!

  4. Danelle, these are gorgeous cookies. I imagine they taste every bit as good as they look. I’m relatively new to your blog and when I finished reading this post began to browse through some of your others. I’m so glad I did. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. I’ll be back often. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  5. I’m so glad you tried these! They are so good, aren’t they? What a funny coincidence that I featured a recipe that I found here this week, and you featured one of mine!

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