Updated: Jun 6
Welcome to my ultimate Persian Christmas.
There is so much to pack into the next few days so I'm kicking it off with a mouth watering cookie come macaroon sweet all the way from Tabriz, the capital city of East Azerbaijan province in north western Iran, called Ghorabieh.
I've added some festive colour with a splash of gorgeous red from the cranberries and baked the Ghorabieh in red cupcake cases.
Ghorabieh is made with almonds and coconut and a good amount of egg white to bind the mixture together. I'd bought some gold leaf some time ago and they went perfectly on top, which gave this sweet that final applaud!
120g ground almonds
50g desiccated coconut
1/2 tsp baking powder
200g caster sugar
3 egg whites
1/2 tsp almond essence
For the garnish
1/2 tbsp ground pistachio
2 tbsp almond flakes
1 tsp ground rose petals
Makes 12 cookies / macaroons
Note: Oven 150°C or Gas Mark 2 for 30 minutes
Whisk the egg whites in a large bowl until they form soft peaks
Add the sugar and whisk for 1 minute so that the egg whites become glossy
Add the ground almonds, coconut, almond essence and baking powder
Whisk altogether for 10 minutes
Pre-heat the oven at 150°C or Gas Mark 2
Place 1 tbsp of the mixture into each cupcake case (medium / small), if you have some left over, add a little to each cupcake case
Sprinkle with almond flakes
Note: If you're not using cupcake cases you can place the mixture on a baking tray, ensure you grease your baking tray and you have at least 2 cm apart between each cookie to allow for spreading.
Place in the oven at 150°C or Gas Mark 2 for 30 minutes
Note: Your cookie should be a cream colour when taken out of the oven. It will be soft and slightly chewy when warm.
For the garnish
Remove from the oven and sprinkle with ground pistachio and rose petals whilst hot so the garnish sticks to the cookie. Allow to cool completely.
You can save these for Christmas or any other occasion, they freeze well so you can save yourself time and make them in advance :)
Enjoy with lovely Persian tea. :) Noosh-e-Jaan :)