Ghraybeh: Middle Eastern Butter Cookies

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Ghraybeh: Middle Eastern Butter Cookies - so easy to make and they require only 4 ingredients!

As I write this, I am on my way to the airport where I’ll be heading to the Caribbean in just a few short hours. In my excitement for booking my flight, I failed to take into account that arriving at St Thomas at 3pm meant not only an early arrival on the islands but more importantly, a 4:30 am alarm clock this morning. 
 
And I can’t stop yawning. 

Ghraybeh: Middle Eastern Butter Cookies - so easy to make and they require only 4 ingredients!

On a foodie note, my mom and sisters came over yesterday and we baked our little hearts out across 6 different kinds of Christmas cookies. I am cookied out and I just may have gained five pounds overnight from all the taste testing we did. We recreated this recipe based on a Syrian cookie called ghraybeh. Ghraybeh are little butter cookies topped with a pistachio. These tiny little morsels melt in your mouth and taste amazing with coffee. 

Ghraybeh: Middle Eastern Butter Cookies - so easy to make and they require only 4 ingredients!

The last time I had them I remember having a full box in my lap, stuffing one after another in my mouth. It was heaven. These bring back so many memories of Syria and all the delicious pastries and food we had. 
 
But nostalgia aside, if you love buttery goodness, make these. They’re simple, delicious and you can say you tried a good copycat recipe of the famous cookies.
Have a wonderful weekend and as always, thanks for reading!

Ghraybeh: Middle Eastern Butter Cookies - so easy to make and they require only 4 ingredients!

GHRAYBEH: MIDDLE EASTERN BUTTER COOKIES
Yield: 4 dozen cookies
 
INGREDIENTS 
2 sticks of salted butter, softened
1/2 c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 c flour
whole roasted pistachios 
 
DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 400F. In a large bowl, mix together butter, sugar and vanilla. Add in flour and mix until mixture forms a dough. Roll cookies into fish-shapes (or half of an infinity symbol), seal with a pistachio and bake on ungreased pan for 11-13 minutes until golden.  

Ghraybeh: Middle Eastern Butter Cookies - so easy to make and they require only 4 ingredients!

Grace

A travel photographer and writer with an insatiable desire to explore the world and inspire others to see it for themselves.

4 Comments

  1. Luci's Morsels
    December 12, 2014 / 3:50 pm

    I’m sold! Butter cookies with a pistachio sound amazing and I love how few ingredients there are! have a fabulous trip!

  2. Jackie
    December 15, 2014 / 6:49 am

    Butter just makes everything better. These cookies look delicious and easy to make!
    I hope you have a fabulous trip Grace!!
    xo, Jackie
    http://www.stylemydreams.wordpress.com

  3. Alyssa Ponticello
    December 16, 2014 / 8:10 pm

    I have some leftover pistachios in my cabinet right now and because these have so few ingredients I’m highly considering making them!