Almond Cookies (Moroccan Ghriba)

Sweet almond cookies. Crisp on the outside, soft in the middle and delicious almond taste like marzipan. This is my low-carb version of Moroccan Ghriba cookies
almond cookies Moroccan Ghriba

These almond cookies are so simple and easy to make. Sweet, crisp on the outside, soft in the middle and delicious almond taste like marzipan. This is my low-carb version of Moroccan Ghriba cookies.

These cookies are self-paired due to the ingredients used. My recipe yields 13 cookies which are approx. 5cm diameter and 2cm thick. I would recommend a serving of no more than 4 cookies at a time. Store cookies in an airtight container, jar or tin.

almond cookies Moroccan Ghriba

Almond Cookies (Moroccan Ghriba)

Sweet almond cookies. Crisp on the outside, soft in the middle and delicious almond taste like marzipan. This is my low-carb version of Moroccan Ghriba cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Moroccan
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: biscuits, cookies
Free or Membership Recipe: Free Recipe
Nut Free Recipe: Contains Nuts
Free from: coconut, dairy, gluten
Servings: 13 cookies
Calories: 78kcal
Author: Jo Paterson

Ingredients

  • 150 grams ground almonds
  • 60 grams erythritol (or xylitol)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 medium lemon, zest only
  • 13 whole almonds

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 180°c (fan) and line a tin with baking parchment paper or a silicone liner
  • Add all the ingredients (apart from the whole almonds) into a bowl
  • Mix well to combine the ingredients to create a dough
  • Divide the dough into walnut-sized balls
  • Press a finger into each dough ball to flatten and create a crevice for the almond
  • Place a whole almond into the crevice on each cookie
  • Place in the oven and bake for 12-15 mins or until golden
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool

Notes

In this recipe, I use NKD Living powdered erythritol sweetener. Erythritol is a naturally derived extract from fruits and plants and passes straight through your body undigested. Therefore, erythritol does not affect blood glucose levels and has zero net carbohydrates. Find out more at NKD Living.
 
If you cannot get erythritol, you can substitute this with xylitol instead. The brand that is available in most larger supermarkets to purchase is Total Sweet. Please note, xylitol is highly toxic to dogs so you must not let them ingest any. Xylitol if eaten in larger amounts may cause gastric upset if you suffer conditions such as IBS.
Other sweeteners can be used, but please note, they may leave a bitter aftertaste and some may raise blood glucose levels. 
Artificial powdered sweeteners such as sucralose (like Splenda) or aspartame (like Canderel) can be used but you need to use MUCH MUCH LESS (approx. 4.5 tbsp but please double check your sweeteners label as they can all differ)
For the best outcomes with this recipe, it is best to use the ingredients recommended and in the quantities stated.

Nutrition

Calories: 78kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | of which saturates: 1g | Fibre: 1g | of which sugars: 1g

Nutritional info. is based per serving unless stated otherwise and is only a guide. The nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients used

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