Last updated on May 7th, 2021.

Soft and chewy Moroccan Peanuts cookies coated with sugar and loaded with peanuts and spices.

peanuts and spices cookies recipe

Growing ups these cookies were a staple in my grandmother’s kitchen, one of her many Moroccan origin recipes.

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peanuts and spices cookies recipe

Ingredients in the Moroccan Peanuts Cookies

peanuts and spices cookies recipe
  • Toasted peanuts, skin off.
  • Sugar
  • Egg
  • Egg yolks
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Salt
  • Powdered sugar

How to make Moroccan Peanuts Cookies:

Firstly, place the peanuts in a food processor then process for about 1 minute. Next, add the sugar and process until it resembles coarse cornmeal.

Next, add the egg, egg yolk, spices, and salt then mix it all using a wooden spoon or your hands. Allow the mixture to rest for about 20-30 minutes.

Last step: use your hands to make small balls (the size of the mini cupcakes liners) and roll each ball in the powdered sugar then place it in the mini cupcake liner.

Baking and storing the cookies:

These cookies are baked at low oven temperatures. Starting with 300F for 8-10 minutes then reducing the oven temperature to 215F and baking for additional 20 minutes. You will know that the cookies are ready when they are cracked at the top are firm on the outside and soft on the inside. Meaning, when you press the top it is hard but you can feel how soft the inside of the cookie is.

In addition, you can prepare the dough a day ahead, place it in the refrigerator, and bake the following day.

The cookies can be stored at room temperature, in a container for 7-10 days. Also, you can freeze the cookies in a sealed container for up to 2 months. When ready to serve, remove from the freezer, uncover the cookies, and allow to reach room temperature.


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Soft and chewy Moroccan Peanuts cookies

Moroccan Peanuts Cookies


  • 2 Cups Toasted Peanuts, (no skin) (250 g / 11 oz)
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar (150 g / 5.5 oz)
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 Large Egg Yolks
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar (to roll the shaped cookies in) (125 g / 4.5 oz)
  • 30 small Paper baking cups


  1. Place the peanuts in the food processor and process for about 10-15 seconds. Add the sugar and process for the second time until you have a fine  meal.

  2. Place the peanuts and sugar mix in a medium bowl and add the remaing of the ingredients. Using your hand mix to evenly distribute. Set a side for 30 minutes.

  3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 300F and place the powdered sugar in a medium deep bowl.

  4. Roll the cookie dough into small balls (about the same size of the baking cups),roll each cookie in the powdered sugar and place in a baking cup.

  5. Bake for 8 minutes until the cookies start to Harden and some cracks start to forms. Reduce oven heat to 215F and bake for extra 20 minutes.

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