Almond cookies

July 29, 2014  •  Category:


Above are store-bought cookies from Imad Hallawi.

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. 

NOTE: These can be rolled-out between two sheets of wax or parchment paper. They can also be dusted with powdered sugarblog almond cookie

Almond cookies

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At a friend's, the almond cookies are part of the offerings on the tray.

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  1. Sylva T. says:

    These cookies are delicious, just a little addicting! My mom loved them. Thank you for sharing a wonderful recipe.

  2. Oui, Chef says:

    I LOVE dangerous cookies…thank you!

  3. VEB says:

    Coucou Joumana
    J’ai passé ma journée à bricoler à la maison et pendant que je peignais, je rêvais d’une douceur…je ne l’ai pas pour de vrai, mais je me damnerai pour une douceur comme celle que tu présentes. Un régal. Biz bien cordiale

  4. Ivy says:

    Yes, you are right, you can’t just eat one. They are almost the same with Greek Kourabiedes, the only difference is that we add ewe’s and goat butter, which makes the difference in the taste.

  5. Susan says:

    They do sound dangerously delicious! I love Mexican Wedding Cookies and the perennial Almond Crescents on a Christmas cookie platter so I know I would love these too.

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