Kaber Ellouz (Tunisian Almond Balls)

Course Dessert
Cuisine Tunisian
Keyword Africa, African, almond, dessert, Tunisia, Tunisian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 Almond balls


  • 3/4 cup superfine (caster) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar
  • 7 tablespoons water
  • 4 teaspoons rosewater
  • 2 1/2 cups almond meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food color
  • 1/2 teaspoon green food color


  • Superfine sugar
  • Pine nuts


  • In a small saucepan, combine sugar and vanilla sugar. Stir in the water and heat over medium. Cook, whisking occasionally, until all sugar is dissolved, about 10 minutes. Whisk in the rosewater.
  • Place almond meal in a medium bowl. Use a wooden spoon to stir in syrup. Once dough has come together, knead on work surface lightly dusted with almond meal until smooth.
  • Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces. To one piece, knead in red food coloring. Knead in green to another piece. Leave the third piece plain.
  • Roll each piece into a 3/4 inch wide rope. Place the ropes side by side and braid together. Push the braid together to seal and cut into about 1 inch long pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
  • On a plate, sprinkle some superfine sugar. Roll each ball in the sugar and place on serving plate. Sprinkle with pine nuts, if using, and serve.