Ghraybeh
(Middle Eastern Orange Blossom Cookies)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sweet butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ounce whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom or rose water
  • 4 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, pistachios, or pecans, chopped
  • Confectioners' sugar

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In mixing bowl, cream butter.
  3. Add sugar, egg, whiskey, orange blossom water and flour; mix well.
  4. Form dough into little balls; shape as desired ("S" shapes, diamonds, etc.).
  5. Place cookies on baking sheet; bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
  6. Let cool; sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.