These cookies are dangerous. Too good to eat just one. They are called lawziyeh, from lawz, meaning almond. They are very similar to Mexican wedding cookies. The almonds are chopped (not peeled) and incorporated in the dough, which is a basic shortbread. They are a specialty of pastry shops in the Chouf Mountains and one of my friends always loves to pick-up a box when she comes over for a visit. They are easy to make and last for several weeks.
Happy Eid El-Fitr 2014!
Hope all of those suffering around us can see their pain alleviated very soon.
INGREDIENTS: 50 cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter+2 tablespoons
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups All-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cornstarch or rice flour
- 2 cups almonds, chopped (toasted too, as an option)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
1. Beat the butter and sugar till light and fluffy; incorporate the flour and cornstarch. Add the chopped almonds. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. Roll out and cut with a cookie cutter; bake in a preheated 350F oven for 15 minutes or until light golden in color. Cool and serve.