kab al gazal
Cornes de Gazelle (Gazelle Horns)
Prep Time
2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 23 mins
 
Cornes de gazelle are delicious traditional Moroccan pastries. These crescent shaped cookies are made with marzipan and orange blossom water.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Moroccan, North African, Vegetarian
Servings: 50 cornes de gazelle
Author: Vera Abitbol
Ingredients
For the dough
  • 2-¼ cups flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter , melted
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 2 teaspoons liquid honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 teaspoons orange blossom water
For the almond paste
  • 4 cups whole almonds , blanched and peeled
  • 1-½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup orange blossom water
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • ½ teaspoon mastic (Arabic gum), ground
For the top
  • ¼ cup sunflower oil
Instructions
Dough
  1. In a large dish, pour the flour, salt, melted butter, oil, honey and egg. Mix all ingredients and slowly add enough water to make a smooth dough.
  2. Knead vigorously for 10 minutes until it becomes elastic and not sticky. Cover with a clean cloth and let stand while preparing the marzipan.
Almond paste
  1. Mix the blanched and peeled almonds with the sugar and grind them ideally with a meat grinder (or food processor if you don't have one) to make marzipan.
  2. Stir in the orange blossom water, butter and mastic. Knead the marzipan and make 2-inch long and 1-inch thick strands (about ¾ oz).
Assembly
  1. Divide the dough into 6 small balls.
  2. Place a ball on an oiled work surface and, using a very smooth and oiled pastry roll (without imperfection), roll the dough thinly.
  3. Place a strand of marzipan in the center of the pastry dough and fold it. Shape the dough in the shape of a crescent by firmly pressing with your fingers to make the dough adhere to almond paste.
  4. Seal the edges by pressing strongly and cut the crescent with a serrated wheel leaving about a ⅛ inch edge.

  5. Repeat this process until you run out of dough and marzipan.
  6. Place the cornes de gazelle on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let them rest uncovered at room temperature for 15 hours, until they dry.
  7. Using a thin needle, poke each corne de gazelle 3 times on top, spacing the holes equally.
  8. Preheat oven to 340 F.
  9. Lightly brush oil on each corne de gazelle.

  10. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes until obtaining a light beige color, making sure that they do not turn brown.

  11. It is very important to closely monitor the baking so that the cornes de gazelle are very light.

  12. Let them cool completely on a wire rack before placing them in a sealed metal box to keep them in a cool place.