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Pistachio Ghoraybeh Thumbprint Cookies (Middle Eastern Shortbread)

pistachio ghoraibeh

Hi friends! Hope you are all well. I’m super excited to share this Middle Eastern American hybrid of a cookie.

This is one of the prettiest cookies to make in no time at all. It couldn’t be more simple to do too! It takes 5 ingredients and just a few steps to create absolute deliciousness! My mom loves to bake and she would often make ghoraybeh, which is a Middle Eastern shortbread. Often, it is just topped with one pistachio for decoration. I decided to incorporate crushed toasted pistachios into the cookie itself to really bring out the flavor of pistachio which I have been recently loving! I took another step by modernizing this cookie into something we all know which are thumbprint cookies! I filled the indents with some yummy jam; which you can buy or easily make your own.

This is a cookie I am sure you will make because it is so easy and you will definitely love it because Why not?? 🙂


1/3 cup toasted crushed pistachios

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp.

1 cup powdered sugar

2 cups all purpose flour

Raspberry jam/spread -or make your own Homemade Berry Jam

Melted white chocolate (optional)


  • Combine the sugar and butter in a large bowl. Stir with a rubber spatula.
  • Add in the flour, 1 cup at a time to the sugar butter mixture. Mix together. Add in the toasted pistachios. *To toast my pistachios, I added them into a pan and toasted them on medium heat for a few minutes till lightly browning.
  • Mix everything with floured hands so it doesn’t stick to your hands much. Form the dough into a ball and wrap with plastic wrap. Place dough in the fridge for at least one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Make 1 tbsp sized balls with the palm of your hands and place on the lined pan. You can make about 15-20 with this cookie dough.
  • Once that is done, using your thumb make an indent in the center of the cookie.
  • Add abut 1/4 tsp of jam into each indent.
  • Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. Cookie should be lightly browned on bottom but still light on top. Take out and completely cool.
  • Drizzle with white chocolate and top with crushed toasted pistachios for garnish.

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  1. Hands down the best Ghoraybeh cookie I have ever tasted. The recipe was so simple and easy to follow. The addition of the white chocolate drizzle was a genius idea, it added a perfect finishing touch. Definitely making these again. Absolutely delicious!!

  2. These were soo easy to make! The recipe and directions super easy to follow. Extremely delicious, and were a big hit with my guests!

  3. This is such an easy recipe to make, one of my favorite ! It was the first recipe I try from all of fufu’s recipes ,
    Mashallah she’s amazing love all her recipes! Been following her for so long on her instagram page!

  4. These are my fav cookies to make Espc during Ramadan! 4th year I make these and My husband loves them and can’t stop eating them! So light and addicting def recommend!!

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  6. Just made this recipe for some eid goodies and it was so easy and delicious! Love the variation with pistachios and jam thanks for sharing!

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