Gazelle Horns Covered with Sesame Seeds / "Kab-El-Ghazal": Moroccan Almond Cookies Recipe Video

If you go to any Moroccan bakery, you will, for sure, find them selling "Kab-El-Ghazal". It is a staple Moroccan cookie that literally means "the ankles of a gazelle" and it is also translated to "gazelle horns" due to the unique crescent shape of this cookie. The are different variation of Kab-El-Ghazal ; the original recipe is made of almond paste covered with a thin layer of pastry, but you can also find the ones covered with powdered sugar and others covered with sesame seeds. We are going to make the ones covered with sesame seeds. This is a simple recipe that will bring the flavors of Morocco right to your home!


Preparation Time30 MinCooking Time15 Min
Ready In45 MinDifficulty LevelEasy
Health IndexJust EnjoyServings20
Main IngredientInterest Group


For the almond paste
 Blanched slivered almonds1 Pound
 Sugar1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Orange blossom water2 Tablespoon
 Butter2 Tablespoon
 Cinnamon powder1⁄4 Teaspoon
 Mastic gum1⁄8 Teaspoon, ground (Grind with a little sugar until powdery)
For coating the cookies
 Egg whites4 Medium (As needed)
 Sesame seeds1 Cup (16 tbs) (As needed)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 213 Calories from Fat 138

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 15 g23.3%

Saturated Fat 1.9 g9.6%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 3.2 mg

Sodium 10.5 mg0.4%

Total Carbohydrates 16 g5.5%

Dietary Fiber 2.9 g11.7%

Sugars 11.3 g

Protein 7 g13.6%

Vitamin A 0.8% Vitamin C 0%

Calcium 12% Iron 9.1%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Things You Will Need

1. Food processor
2. Baking sheet
3. Parchment paper


To prepare the almond paste:
1. Using a food processor, mix the blanched almonds and sugar.
2. Once the almond mixture is of a powdery texture, add orange blossom water, butter, cinnamon and ground mastic gum, mix well until you get a smooth paste.
3. If the almond paste is too dry, add another tsp of orange blossom water. You will get a smooth almond paste that can be molded and shaped.
4. Shape the almond paste into rolls that are 3 inches long and 1/2 an inch wide. You can make 35 cookies with the prepared almond paste.
5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

6. Take a bowl with egg whites and another bowl with sesame seeds in it.
7. Preheat oven to 350 F.
8. Dip the prepared cookies one at a time in egg whites and then roll them in the bowl with sesame seeds, mold into a crescent like shape and arrange them on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
9. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 - 15 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool before serving.

10. Serve with mint tea and enjoy.

When the cookies are hot, they are soft, when they cool they become chewy.

Editors Review

How about trying some cookie in Moroccan style? The video shows how these cinnamon flavored cookie can be easily prepared at home. These are super simple cookie that will bring the flavors of Morocco right to your home!