134 – Gazelle Horns Covered with Sesame Seeds / “Kab-El-Ghazal” Recipe

If you go to any Moroccan bakery, you will, for sure, find them selling “Kab-El-Ghazal”. It is a staple Moroccan cookie that literally means “the ankles of a gazelle” and it is also translated to “gazelle horns” due to the unique crescent shape of this cookie. The are different variation of Kab-El-Ghazal ; the original recipe is made of almond paste covered with a thin layer of pastry, but you can also find the ones covered with powdered sugar and others covered with sesame seeds. We are going to make the ones covered with sesame seeds. This is a simple recipe that will bring the flavors of Morocco right to your home!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of blanched slivered almonds
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of orange blossom water
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ground mastic gum
  • 2 egg whites
  • sesame seeds

Directions

1. Mix the blanched almonds and sugar using a food processor
2. Once the almond mixture has a powdey texture, add the orange blossom water, butter, cinnamon and mastic gum, and mix well until you get a smooth almond paste
3. Shape the almond paste into rolls that are 3 inches long and 1/2 inch wide (it will make around 35 almond paste rolls)
4. Dip each almond paste roll in egg whites and cover it with  sesame seeds.
Place the rolls on a baking pan with parchment paper and shape them into a crescent.
5. Preheat your oven to 360 F degrees. Bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes.
Note: when the cookies are still hot they are soft, but as they coold down, they become chewy. Do not overbake the cookies. Let the cookies cool down before serving with Mint tea!