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Ghraybeh Cookies

  • Author: Wafa Shami
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Palestinian - Middle Eastern


Ghraybeh cookies are Middle Eastern shortbread cookies with an amazing buttery texture that melts in your mouth, made with only three ingredients. Ghee (clarified butter), flour, and powdered sugar.


  • 1 cup Ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 cup confectioner sugar
  • 2.5-3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon orange blossom water
  • 1/2 cup raw pistachios



  • Sift confectioner sugar and all-purpose flour for best results.
  • Make sure the ghee is soft at room temperature when mixed.
  • No need to chill the dough before forming the balls, but it all depends on the room temperature, if the dough is too soft and hard to form then I recommend refrigerating it for 15-20 minutes.
  • Ghrabybeh might look super soft once taken out of the stove, don’t be alarmed it will firm up once cooled off. Let it completely cool off before removing it from the baking sheet.
  • No need to grease the baking tray since the dough is very buttery and won't stick, but feel free to use parchment paper.
  • During baking, ghraybeh won’t turn brown, it will remain in its creamy white color.

Keywords: Ghraybeh, shortbread cookies