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Graybeh is a butter cookie that is commonly eaten in the Middle East. I am highlighting simple desserts from the Middle East that are easy to make and similar to desserts many of you may have eaten. This cookie is similar to a shortbread or sugar cookie. Later we will dig deeper and try some less common and more exotic recipes.


1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup semolina

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup softened butter

60 Β almonds, blanched, peeled and toasted

powdered sugar for sprinkling on cookies


Preheat oven 325 degrees

Mix flour, semolina, powdered sugar and butter until well combined. Knead for 5 minutes. Β There are several ways to make Graybeh dough into a cookie. Getting the right consistency can be tricky and you might need to experiment in order to get the perfect cookie. There are several ways that you can form this cookie. First, pinch off a small ball of dough and roll with hands into a rope.



Cut a 2 or 3 inch piece of the rope and turn it into a circle overlapping the ends. Press a toasted almond into the overlap. The second way to form a cookie, roll a small piece of dough into a ball and flatten it out. Make a hole in the middle and once again press a toasted almond into the side. The third way that we formed a cookie is by rolling a ball, flattening it out and placing toasted almonds around the cookie. Place cookies on a baking tray and in the oven, let cook for 20-25 minutes.


Remove from oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar










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  1. Trust me Lynn..I’m drooling over here πŸ˜€ Btw..I recently came across your youtube channel and subscribed to it! You and your recipes rock!!! You show things in such an easy-going manner which is what I love πŸ™‚

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    December 3, 2015
  2. Oh, that looks good, Lynz!

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    December 3, 2015
  3. Looks easy and delicious! Love semolina, love almonds, love butter, it’s all good!

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    December 3, 2015
  4. I love a good butter cookie! These look great and I like the almond and powdered sugar additions too!

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    December 3, 2015
  5. Gorgeous cookies! I love simple and delicious recipes, but I must admit….I am looking forward to some of your more exotic recipes πŸ˜‰

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    December 3, 2015
  6. I m drooling.. Can u send me few pls

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    December 3, 2015
  7. These look delicious, Lynn, and such a lovely cookie! πŸ™‚

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    December 3, 2015
  8. Beautiful and delicious looking Graybeh!

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    December 3, 2015
  9. Most delicious – will simply have to try making this, thou I can cook, but not bake πŸ™‚ Follow you now.
    Btw, I can not find a “Leave a Reply” column for most of your posts, why not? Please help.

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    December 3, 2015
    • huh weird! I don’t know why. people have been commenting today so I am not sure?? Sorry dear and thanks for following!


      December 3, 2015
  10. How pretty this looks πŸ™‚

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    December 4, 2015
    • Thanks so much dear Chevvy! I have a new story I posted back a few days ago if you have not read it and have interest. The bike

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      December 4, 2015
      • Ok, I will look for it, as you see, I’m trying to catch up. I’m still amazed at how you get around. It’s like a full time job πŸ™‚

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        December 4, 2015
        • It is, this blog has given me something unique. I am not into computers or social media if you can believe it! But it has become quite important and helpful to me! I have made so many caring and wonderful friends who have helped me through this difficult time.

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          December 4, 2015
          • Well that is great and you reap what you sow – you always come across with so much love so it is no wonder that everyone loves and supports you. I’m reading your story now πŸ™‚

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            December 4, 2015
          • Thanks so much dear Chevvy!

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            December 4, 2015
  11. Another baking beauty, Lynn! Pinning this too! Thanks!!

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    December 4, 2015
  12. These look like a lovely treat Lynz. πŸ™‚

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    December 4, 2015
  13. Hey…I love reading your posts.Your story is inspiring πŸ™‚
    This challenge is fun,and I enjoyed taking part in it.And hence I nominate you.For details,

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    December 4, 2015
  14. MyKabulKitchen #

    I love these cookies, I thought they are originally Algerian? Not sure definitely loved in the Middle East πŸ™‚

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    December 4, 2015
    • Could be. I found after living among middle eastern culture for 33 years that everyone claims each recipe and it is so cute! they all say no that is syrian, lebanese!! I love it!


      December 4, 2015
  15. I love butter cookies, so I will have to try these! It is wonderful having your unique recipes available! Thank you for sharing them Lynz!!!

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    December 4, 2015
  16. You are clearly an artist, and your medium is food among other things. These are beautiful!

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    December 5, 2015
  17. Simple and tasty tea time yummy!! πŸ™‚

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    December 9, 2015

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