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Maghreb Almond Cookies
Total time: 1 hour
Dough preparation: 30 minutes
Baking time: 20 minutes
10 oz. powdered sugar
3 tbsp. grated lemon zest
2 tsp. vanilla or orange flower water
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 lb. finely ground almonds
Powdered sugar for dusting
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Whisk together the eggs and powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl. Whisk in the grated lemon zest, vanilla or orange flower water, and cinnamon. Stir in the ground almonds. Knead the ball of dough for several minutes until it becomes pliable and smooth.
Lightly butter your hands. Break off walnut-sized pieces of dough, roll them into balls, and pass them back and forth, flattening them into circles as large as the palm of the hand. Place each cookie on a lightly oiled or parchment-lined baking sheet. When all of the cookies are shaped, dust them generously with powdered sugar. Bake for 15-20 minutes until they turn golden. Let them rest on the baking sheet for several minutes before removing them to a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before serving or storing in an airtight container.
from Serving the Guest: A Sufi Cookbook