They are simplest of all cookies in the Arab world. I even noticed that the Oromo community in the Twin Cities makes them as well. They are called Ghurayba in Yemen. Simple to make, and very very delicious. You will need:
1) 4 cups of white all purpose flour
2) 1 cup Canola oil
3) 1 stick butter melted (salted or unsalted, whichever you prefer)
4) 1 tblsp of powdered cardamon
5) 1 tbslp of powdered clove
6) 2 cups of powdered sugar (less if you so desire)
You will also need a mold of your choice–I have the traditional wooden mold, but really any will work. Line it with plastic wrap press the dough in (a little at a time), take it out, and arrange it onto a cooking tray.
But first for the dough–sift the flour and the sugar into a big bowl. Mix well. Heat the oil and butter in a pan with the cardamon and cloves–once the butter has melted, and the mixture is heated through–NOT BOILING–sift it all onto the dry mix (the flour and sugar). Mix with a wooden spoon (be careful it is hot) and then once it warms down a little you can use your fingers.
Using whatever mold you like start shaping them, and arranging them onto trays. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven–for about 15 min–just until they turn a little golden in color. If you cook them more than that, they will either burn from the bottom, or they will be hard as rocks. So, watch ’em.
Enjoy with Arabian coffee, or tea–preferably sugar-free.