Ramadan has quietly crept up and here in Morocco we’ll be starting sometime next week. That means this weekend our house will be buzzing with activity as my sister in laws all converge to make Ramadan staples. I’m actually somewhat surprised this didn’t start weeks ago as in years past they often are preparing even a month beforehand.
I also realized that so many of my Ramadan resources are scattered across this website so I decided to put them all in one place so that you can easily find them. (Find that on the new Ramadan Resources page)
But, if you’re looking for the important thing, Moroccan Ramadan cookies, you’re in the right place. I’m putting together all the cookie recipes I could find, both my own and from around the web so that you have a single resource.
Ghriba are a really common cookie served year-round during Ramadan. They're also really easy to make and perfect for someone short on time or unsure about making some of the more complex cookies. I tweaked some original recipes to make gluten-free versions of this cookie so that everyone in my family could enjoy them.
These are the queen of Moroccan pastry. They're also pretty difficult to master. The dough must be very thin but not so thin that it breaks when the cookies are shaped. When baked it's important the cookies never brown. I'll warn you that you will make mistakes but don't give up. Once you've mastered it you'll never feel more proud!
Mhncha are traditionally made very large and are a special dessert for weddings and special occasions but you can also make them smaller. If you've never made them then this is a good way to get a start and practice.
These cookies appear on every Ramadan table in Morocco. They're often sold in advance of the holiday but if you don't have access, try making them yourself! Don't be intimidated by the long instruction list; I attempted to explain in detail to make it easier.
So these aren't cookies but they are a sweet. I really like serving these because I don't have to worry about gluten. They're also really versatile. You can stuff them with anything! In this post I have three different ways you can fill them but there's probably 20 more. If you've got last minute guests these are really easy to throw together using whatever you have around.
This beautiful French scalloped cookie is found in Morocco due to the French protectorate that was in control for the early 20th century. You can modify these as you'd like once you learn the base recipe.