Coconut and Semolina Cookies (Moroccan Ghriba)

the coconut and semolina Cookies or Moroccan Ghriba are delicious Moroccan cookies to enjoy at tea time. They are tasty, easy to make and look so beautiful. One of those recipes you can make almost weekly!
Coconut and semolina cookies: Moroccan Ghriba
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The Ghriba is one of the most delicious and popular cookies in traditional Moroccan pastry. The most famous one is Ghriba Bahla, but you can find a lot of other varieties.

In this post, I’m sharing with you the recipe of one of my favorite Moroccan Ghriba: The Coconut and Semolina Cookies. 

They are crunchy on the outside with plenty of beautiful cracks, soft and chewy on the inside, and trust me, they are so tasty. So if this is something you are looking for, then you are in a good place to start.

Coconut and semolina cookies: Moroccan Ghriba

Coconut and Semolina Cookies: my favorite Moroccan Ghriba

Ghriba is a traditional Maghreb cookie that comes in many varieties: you can find them in chewy, crunchy, or even crumbly textures. 

They usually consist of flour (almond flour, semolina, or any nuts flour), sugar, butter or oil, or both, and they can be flavored using a few perfumes: almond extract, vanilla, lemon, sesame seeds, orange blossom extract…

What is special about these cookies is the mix of coconut, lime, and the scent of ice sugar that will bring a pop of flavors to your mouth.

It is one of my preferred Moroccan Ghriba, and now that I moved from Morocco, it brings me a lot of memories and mindfulness ❤️

Coconut and semolina cookies: Moroccan Ghriba
Coconut and semolina cookies: Moroccan Ghriba

Coconut and Semolina Ghriba

the coconut and semolina Ghriba are delicious Moroccan cookies to enjoy at tea time.
They are tasty, easy to make and look so beautiful.
One of those recipes you can make almost weekly!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Moroccan
Servings 32 Cookies


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 200 g sugar
  • 1 lime zest (or lemon zest)
  • 1 tbsp apricot jam
  • 250 g shredded coconut
  • 250 g fine semolina
  • 1 cup icing sugar (to roll before baking)
  • 8 g baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt


Prepare the dough

  • In a large bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, salt, and lime zest.
  • Add the oil, the jam and mix well until the sugar is perfectly dissolved.
  • Now add the shredded coconut and mix well using your hand until the ingredients are well combined.
  • Then gradually add the semolina and baking powder while mixing.
  • The dough should not be runny nor too compact. Cover it with a plastic bag and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Form the cookies

  • Put a little water (you can also use orange blossom water if you have it) in your hand and make balls, This way the dough won't stick to your hands.
  • Then form balls of around 30 grams and pass them in icing sugar until they are perfectly coated.
  • Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 170 ° static heat for 8 to 12 minutes.
  • Let them cool before keeping them in an airtight box.


  • Make sure to space the Ghriba as they will flatten out in the oven.
  • Do not immerse your Ghriba in water, they will absorb all the ice sugar coating them.
  • If you like your cookies to be flat, make sure to press them gently using your palm.
  • To have perfect cracks for these cookies, I advise you to bake them first on the bottom level of the oven, then turn on the top and continue baking until they start to have a golden color.
  • Do not allow the Ghriba to overcook, otherwise, they will harden.
  • When you get your cookies from the oven, let them cool for some minutes before getting them out from the pan.
Keyword Ghriba
Coconut and semolina cookies: Moroccan Ghriba

How to store coconut and semolina cookies

If you manage to hide a few of these Moroccan Ghriba, you can store them either in the fridge or in the freezer. They keep perfectly well in an airtight box and also freeze very well in a ziplock bag. 

That said, you can double the batch so you will have plenty of Ghriba in your freezer.

Make sure to take them out a few minutes before tasting so that they regain their softness.

Coconut and semolina cookies: Moroccan Ghriba

Serve your Moroccan Ghriba!

These coconut and semolina cookies go so well with both coffee and hot mint tea. Oh my! They are so delicious!

The zest of lime gives it a fresh kick and makes these Ghriba extra specials. You can add lime, lemon, or orange zest depending on your preferences.


Let me know in the comments section what is your favorite drink to go with these cookies.

Enjoy my dears!

Coconut and semolina cookies: Moroccan Ghriba
Chocolate cookies served with an authentic Moroccan tea

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6 thoughts on “Coconut and Semolina Cookies (Moroccan Ghriba)”

  1. 5 stars
    This is my favorite Ghriba too.
    When I make it I don’t get cracks like what you get, I will try the hints you have shared and see
    Thanks Layla 🙂

    1. Layla Ait Laaraj

      Hi Sara,
      Thank you 🙂
      For the cracks just use a good quality icing sugar and follow the tips I have shared, you will for sure get the same result!

  2. 5 stars
    Thanks For Sharing this amazing recipe. My family loved it. I will be sharing this recipe with my friends. Hope the will like it.

    1. Layla Ait Laaraj

      Hi Ashok,
      Oh, thanks so much for this comment. I’m glad you and your family enjoyed it 😊
      Stay tuned for more similar recipes

  3. Could you clarify the tip for perfect cracks… do you turn the cookies over on the tray or do you just move the pan from the bottom shelf to the top shelf?

    1. Layla Ait Laaraj

      Hi Ethel,
      No do not turn the cookies, they are so fragile at this level.
      You only need to put the pan first on the bottom shelf then move it to the top one.
      Hope this helps 🙂

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