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Eggless Moroccan Semolina Cookies on wire rack

Moroccan Semolina Cookies {Lemon Ghriba}

These eggless Moroccan Semolina Cookies are a healthier version of the traditional Ghriba cookies that you'll find all over Morroco. Made with the almond and semolina flours, these lemon flavored cookies are a perfect accompaniment to a cup of mint tea or coffee.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Moroccan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 14
Calories 100kcal
Author Iryna



  • Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a large baking sheet with a parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl combine almond flour, semolina flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In a large bowl add cane organic sugar, lemon zest and rub ingredients together for a minute until sugar is fragrant.
  • Add in applesauce and beat with electric mixer for 1 minute. Beat in vanilla and lemon extract (if using). Add oil and slowly add in half of the dry ingredients.
  • Continue beating on low until all dry ingredients are incorporated. The dough will be thick and slightly crumbly.
  • In a shallow bowl add powdered sugar and set aside. Scoop a heaping teaspoon of dough and roll it with your fingers into a firm ball. Roll in powdered sugar, place on a baking sheet and lightly press in a center of a cookie with your thumb.
  • Shape the remaining of cookies and bake for 14 minutes, rotating the pan from front to back halfway.
  • Transfer to the wire rack to cool. Once the cookies are cool, you can sprinkle them with some more powdered sugar and top with lemon zest.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.1g | Protein: 1.6g | Fat: 3.1g | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 9.8g | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg