These gorgeous Vegan Boussou la Tmssou, shortbread cookies, reminds you of snowballs and originally are from Algeria. They melt in your mouth and these moreish cookies are not to be missed this festive season.  They can be great as Christmas cookies or any time of the year and very nice alternative treats for those friends and family who are vegan. Definitely, these bite-size delights will light up anyone's face!

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou ,  These Algerian Shortbread Cookies are made with Plain flour, Ghee and powdered sugar, For a vegan version use coconut oil or butter.

"Tis the season to be jolly and bake cookies" In our house, Christmas and cookies go hand in hand and I don't think there is anything more festive than a good shortbread cookie. Just curl up by the fire, pour some hot chocolate and munch a few of these delectable cookies and have fun and laughter with the ones you love! Oh yes, all we want for Christmas is food

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou ,  These Algerian Shortbread Cookies are made with Plain flour, Ghee and powdered sugar, For a vegan version use coconut oil or butter.

This year for  Christmas baking I was looking some inspirations to get baking, generally I don't bake much so in my case baking ideas just don't pop in my head to start baking, it has to be something special that would push me to go into that baking mood.

As I was about to search online, what do I see about outside? Freaky snow started falling, people in Britain went crazy to see that amount of snow and especially social media flooded with such mesmerising and unique snow pictures, cute and very creative snowman pictures.

While I was enjoying snow falling down on the trees, I had cravings for eating white snowballs. So thought of a treat that would resemble small snowballs.

Quickly I searched for snow-themed food, to my surprise a lot of recipes turned up from drinks to desserts, wow, and I thought about baking these Boussou la Tmssou!

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou ,  These Algerian Shortbread Cookies are made with Plain flour, Ghee and powdered sugar, For a vegan version use coconut oil or butter.

Boussou la Tmssou, delicate and delightful cookies which reminds you snowballs, dipped in orange blossom water and then covered in icing sugar hails from Algeria.

The name Boussou la Tmssou means 'Kiss it, don't touch it'. I guess this name was given to these cookies because they are extremely delicate to handle, while you are making and eating, these cookies need to be handled with so much care and attention. 

Although they need extra care, these cookies can be prepared in such a short time and you won't need any special ingredients. Traditional Boussou la Tmssou made with Ghee, (some use melted ghee, some use set ghee).

I had almost 2 kg organic virgin coconut oil bottles lying in my kitchen, so I thought of making these cookies as vegan.

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou ,  These Algerian Shortbread Cookies are made with Plain flour, Ghee and powdered sugar, For a vegan version use coconut oil or butter.

While I was baking these cookies, the husband said it's beginning to feel like Christmas!  The festive season is in full swing in my house and we are looking forward to spending the most wonderful time of the year with loved ones and devouring all these yummy goodies.

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou ,  These Algerian Shortbread Cookies are made with Plain flour, Ghee and powdered sugar, For a vegan version use coconut oil or butter.

Merry Christmas from all of us and all the best for the new year!!!

Merry Christmas 2017 from Jagrutis Cooking Odyssey

If you are still looking for an idea then look no further, this foolproof recipe is the perfect for sharing the moments, small but sweet, just make double the amount as once you prepare these you'll want to scoff some as well as one is never enough!!!

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou , Algerian Shortbread Cookies
Desserts, Snacks
Yield: 30-40 cookies

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou (Algerian Shortbread Cookies)

Vegan Boussou la Tmssou (Algerian Shortbread Cookies)

These melt in your mouth cookies are so easy to make with only basic ingredients, perfect for a gift or just to enjoy them yourself.
prep time: 2 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 22 M


  • 225g Plain flour - Maida
  • 40g Powdered sugar
  • 110g Coconut oil melted
  • 100-120ml Orange blossom water
  • 150g Powdered sugar for coating


How to cook Vegan Boussou la Tmssou (Algerian Shortbread Cookies)

  1. In a bowl add the plain flour and 40g powdered sugar.
  2. Mix well then add melted coconut oil.
  3. Mix all the ingredients with the hands and form a dough.
  4. Divide the dough into small equal sizes and roll into balls.
  5. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to gas mark 3-4 for 5-7 minutes.
  6. If you want you can press the cookie balls with your thumb and make slightly flat, I did half of them then left it.
  7. Line them on a baking tray and bake them for 15 minutes or until bottom parts of the cookie gets slightly golden brown.
  8. Remove it from the oven and leave it to cool completely.
  9. Once they are cooled dip them into orange blossom water one by one and roll into the powdered sugar to coat them evenly, leave them on a tray for at least 4-5 hours at room temperature.
  10. Then store them in the airtight container and keep it in a refrigerator. Bring it to room temperature for 30 minutes before consuming.


I used rosemary sprigs only for photographic purpose.
You can make these cookies using ghee or unsalted butter too.
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