Ghorayebah, also sometimes known as the “Queen’s Bracelets”, are fragile shortbread-like cardamom cookies. They derive their rather quaint name from their shape – each cookie is shaped from strand of dough, where the two ends are joined together and a blanched almond is pressed in at this joint. Thus the finished cookie looks like a bracelet with an almond “gem”. These cookies are sometimes served during Purim and thought to represent Queen Esther’s bracelets.
Ghorayebah is made through out the Middle East and there are many variations to the recipe. Some recipes use orange flower water or rose water, while some use pistachios instead of almonds. Some recipes call for use of almond extract and even suggest that the use of cardamom is optional.
While I have no idea which of these is the authentic recipe, I made some of these delicious cookies using the following recipe and as I had run out of almonds, I used chironji/ charoli (small nuts also known as cudpah nuts/ cudpah almonds). These nuts taste somewhat like almonds. I also shaped them into flat rounds rather than “bracelets”