Ghraybe or Sanioura

This sweet is very famous in Lebanon especially in the south area, where it is found in all the Lebanese pastry shops in Saida. There it is called Sanioura. They can also be made with a filling of pistachios. Whatever you name it, it is the kind of sweet you want to have at all times and in all occasions!


  • 500 grams flour
  • 500 grams icing sugar
  • 375 grams ghee ( or vegetable shortening)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • some pine seeds and (or) pistachio for decoration


  • Sift the flour with icing sugar and add the baking powder and baking oda
  • Mix by hand with the ghee until you have a soft dough
  • Cover with a cling film and refrigerate for half an hour
  • Preheat the oven to 220 C
  • Shape the dough in circles or diamond shape and place a pistachio or pine seed in the center
  • Bake for 7 minutes, leave it in the tray until completely cold



  1. Oh what lovely biscuits – simple, but so pretty!

  2. Yum, yes I can see how this could create a serious addiction 🙂
    Looks delicious!

  3. Quite lovely! They look lovely!

  4. The Modern Home Economist says:

    My lovely Mother in Law makes these (perhaps with a Syrian twist) and they are amazing! The tastiest and most delicate biscuit with a beauitful flavour. Thanks for the recipe!

    • OH! I wish you tell me if there i any difference between my recipe and your mother in law. And welcome I am glad to share my recipes with all of you..:)

      • The Modern Home Economist says:

        I will ask her tonight. But she is a traditional Arab cook. No recipe and no idea what she puts in. Just a little bit of this and a handful of that. Very hard when you are trying to make her recipes 🙂

  5. yum!!!! and, just so you know….you are the nina that i mentioned in my last post! love your blog! 🙂

  6. Nina, these look simply wonderful!

  7. Simple and delicious, these look divine my friend 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

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