It doesn't take much arm-twisting to motivate me to make Moroccan sweet treats for the family. When I was young girl, I remember how we all looked forward to enjoying some of the most awesome desserts that my mother used to make at home. Sometimes, she would make simple Moroccan cookies out of nuts, rose water and sugar that tasted out of this world.
Dried fruit, such as dates and raisins and an assortment of nuts like almonds, pistachios, peanuts and sesame seeds were the main ingredients found in most Moroccan desserts. Spices such as cinnamon, cloves and cardamom along with orange blossom and rose water were used giving Moroccan desserts their distinctive taste. From rich almond pastries like m'hencha, (which means snake) made of phyllo dough filled with ground almond paste, to fekkas - a traditional Moroccan cookie, much like the Italian biscotti, made with anise seeds and orange blossom water, to the mouth watering zellige cookie truffle made with almond paste sandwiched between two layers of square-shaped chocolate.
Almond and coconut macaroons were introduced to Moroccan pastry makers when the French had occupied Morocco back at the turn of the 20th century; and are now considered a common favorite sweet treat.
These are just a few of the wonderful Moroccan pastries that you can make at home or simply purchase at a specialty store near you.
One of my favorite sweet treats are Moroccan almond cookies which I am certain you will enjoy immensely! Try out this recipe and see for yourself. Bet you cant just eat one!
Moroccan Almond Cookies- click link