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Pistachio Rosewater Ghriba

Before I went to Morocco I had never eaten a pistachio. The closest I had come to a pistachio was in the Jello pudding my dad ate. But, once I ate one, well I was hooked – and a little upset that I had missed out on this delicious nut for the first 20 years of my life. I’m making up for it now.

Pistachio Rosewater Ghriba

Like the lemon, vanilla, and almond ghriba I shared earlier this week, these ghriba are gluten-free and delicious. Pistachios have a unique flavor that some people really don’t like.  As I began to look for a good flavor to pair them with I struggled.  What I remembered about the pudding my dad loved was that the pistachio pieces were a strange consistency.

They weren’t crunchy and they weren’t soft – they were something in the middle.  I hated that texture.  I succeeded with these cookies.  The outsides have just a little crunch, while the insides are soft but not mush.  I know not everyone has rosewater, so if you don’t you can use vanilla.

Pistachio Rosewater Ghriba
Yield: 10-12 cookies

Pistachio Rosewater Ghriba

Gluten free Moroccan ghriba cookies with the flavors of pistachio and rosewater.


  • 2 cups pistachios
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp rose water
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  • whole pistachios to top cookies
  • parchment paper or silpat


  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. In a food processor, blend the pistachios until they are broken down to almost a powder.
  3. In a large bowl combine pistachio flour, granulated sugar, and baking powder.
  4. Add to the dry ingredients the rosewater and egg yolks.
  5. Break up the butter with your hands or a pastry cutter and begin working into the dough.
  6. Using your hands or pastry cutter mix all of the ingredients until everything has been combined, the dough will feel slightly sticky.
  7. From small balls with your hands, about 1" in diameter.
  8. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silpat sheet.
  9. Coat the balls with powdered sugar and place onto a cookie sheet or plate.
  10. Refrigerate the cookies for 30 minutes, or place in freezer for 10 minutes.
  11. Arrange cookies on baking sheet and gently press a pistachio into the top of each. Do not flatten the cookies, they will naturally shape.
  12. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes. The cookies should still be a pale color.
  13. Leave on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes to allow the cookies to finish setting, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  14. When the cookies are completely cool, transfer to an air tight container.
  15. Cookies can be stored on the counter for 1-2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. To serve, remove from the freezer and allow to warm up before serving.


It is very important to refrigerate or freeze the dough before baking. If you do not the cookies will melt and not retain their form.

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Sunday 15th of May 2022

Hi Amanda,

How much flour? There’s no mention of flour in the ingredients list, but you mention adding flour in the instructions.

Amanda Mouttaki

Monday 16th of May 2022

There is no flour in this recipe - the flour is the crushed up pistachios that create flour. I will update the instructions to make this more clear.


Sunday 13th of November 2016

Hi Amanda

When you say two cups of pistachios. Do you mean bakers cup or normal cup (same for sugar).Do you know what would be approx weight? I am planning to substitute with premade pistachio flour rather than making my own. Do you think it will work ? What temperature you bake them?

Thank you

Amanda Mouttaki

Monday 14th of November 2016

I mean bakers cups like a 1 cup measure. I'd say to reduce the amount a bit if you're using pistachio that's already ground - maybe go for 3/4 cup.

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Does this recipe also make 20-24 cookies?

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Wednesday 31st of December 2014

Yes it does.

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