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Large plate for ghraybeh shortbread cookies with pistachios on the side
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Simple to make with only a few ingredients, these Ghraybeh shortbread cookies are made with rosewater and filled with jam for a tasty treat.
Course Dessert, Snack
Diet Vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chilling time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 294kcal
Author Yumna Jawad



  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl of a stand mixer or using an electric hand mixer, cream together the softened butter and powdered sugar. Add the rose water and beat until dissolved.
  • Add the flour, one cup at a time, and use a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to mix until well combined. You may want to use your hands because the dough can feel crumbly. Chill the dough in the fridge for one hour.
  • Divide the dough into 1 1/2 tablespoon-sized balls using a spring-loaded scoop or your hands. Makes 20-24 balls.
  • Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet, arranging them so they’re about 2 inches apart.
  • Use your thumb to make an indent in the center of the cookie and add about half a teaspoon of the jam inside.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are firm, slightly expanded and the bottoms are lightly golden.
  • Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


Storage: These cookies will keep well in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Freezing Instructions: These are great to make in advance and store in the freezer until ready to bake. Shape the cookies and place on a baking sheet. When frozen, you can transfer them to a freezer safe bag or container for up to one month. When ready to bake, there's no need to thaw. Just bake as directed and add an additional 2-3 minutes of baking time.


Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 493IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg