Ghoraybey

I’ve always been curious about those beautifully decorated cookies and pastries in the window sill of a local Lebanese store that I pass by frequently. I decided to try one called ghoraybey.

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They come in miniature size and regular size and have a signature pistachio nut on each. I ended up getting the bigger ones that are looped because being the day of Ramadan when I went, the mini ones were swiped the quickest being more popular. However, I learned that these cookies can also come in different shapes when people make them at home.

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Ghoraybeh are the Mediterranean equivalent of butter cookies (though some call them sugar cookies). Biting into them, they aren’t overly sweet and have a very powdery texture to them that kind of melts in your mouth. It is white, soft and crumbly because it is predominantly made with ghee (clarified butter) and powdered sugar.

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I found these cookies a bit fragile and the flavours to be very subtle, where most of the flavour comes in the aftertaste. However, I can see ghoraybey pairing well with a nice cup of tea and I do like the addition of the signature pistachio. It’s a good snack for those that don’t want anything too sweet. And I’m a bit late, but Eid Mubarak 🙂

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