Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Gazelle Horns - Cornes de gazelles (Ramadan Special)

Corne de gazelle – Gazelle Horns

Ingredients :
200g flour
80g melted butter
100 ml orange blossom water
1 lemon zest (half for the dough & the other half for the filling)

For the almond paste filling :
250g ground almond
70g icing or powdered sugar ( I’ve added 50g)
2 pinch of cinnamon
2 to 3 tsp of orange blossom water
100 g icing of powdered sugar ( I just sprinkle a little on the cookies)

1)      Preheat oven to 180°C .  Combine flour, melted butter , half of the lemon zest & mix well . Gradually add in orange blossom water just enough to make a soft dough .  Cover & let it rest for 15 mins.
2)      For the almond paste filling : In a large bowl , combine ground almond , icing sugar , cinnamon , the other half of the lemon zest & orange blossom water . Knead till forms a soft , slightly moist paste.  (If it’s too dry add in 1 more tsp of orange blossom water) 

3)      Preheat oven to 180°C .  Divide dough in 4 portions & roll a portion of the dough on a lightly floured surface with  a rolling pin till quite thin . Using a glass or a round cookies cutter to cut the shape . 

4)      Formed a small sausage shape almond paste filling that goes perfectly on the precut dough so that you can seal it easy .  Pinch the edges with fingers to seal & at the same time molding it to form a crescent shape as shown . Place it on a greased & floured baking pan . Bake for 10 to 15 min till barely golden brown. Avoid over baking them as they’ll be harden .  Coat or sprinkle icing sugar all over the cookies . Serve with mint tea .

A special thanks to my sister for giving me this lovely work of hers …. A gorgeous plate that … J’adore!


  1. Interesting! Dont think I've tried this before. I dont think we can get orange blossom water easily here, is there anything else we can substitute it with?

    1. I think you can substitute it with rose water . It works well with the almond paste .

  2. Hi Kit! Wow, I have not tried any Middle Eastern sweets or cookies yet. What a nice name, Gazelle Horns! From the ingredients, I can guess that they must be delicious. Your sister made that plate? It looks like the inside of an oyster shell.

    1. LOL...Now come to think of it , it does looks like it!

  3. I love these types of little biscuits. Good idea to reduce the sugar.

  4. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comJuly 31, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Hi Kit, this is very sedaplicious. Drooling....

  5. hhhmmm the name and some of the ingredients used are so new to me, but it surely looks delicious! :)

  6. They look almost like German X'mas cookies...

  7. Hi Kit,

    Your sister made this plate! She is so clever!

    These almond biscuits look like the melt-in-the-mouth kind. With flowery and spicy flavours, they sounds really good as after-fasting dessert.


  8. Hi Kit, these are new to me. I travel to Dubai very often(next trip in dec) and will look out for these pastries. Of course nothing beats homemade ones.

  9. These almond filled pastries look good! I would sure love to eat a whole jar of them.

  10. Hi Kit,very nice and cute gazelle horns. Look addictive and the filling look delicious.

    The plate from your sister is very unique and spectacular. She is really good in art and craft. :)

    Have a lovely weekend. With lots of love and hugs to you.