Rab whiskers | Rapski muštaćoni

I’ve never been to the Croatian island of Rab. That said, I have been close, but on the morning of decided that sleep was far more important than a trip to the famed ‘happy island.’

I think 2020 will be the year of a Rab visit but while still in 2019, I thought I’d try my hand at these gluten-free traditional Rab cookies.

Don’t ask me where the name comes from. Possibly the men (or women) of Rab were getting around with whiskers and hence, how about we name a cookie after them? But whatever the case these little elliptical-shaped cookies are delicious! They are slightly hard to the touch when done but super chewy in the centre (which I love).

If you have gluten-free people in your life, or those that aren’t into buttery desserts, serve them these, they are sure to impress!


  • 500 grams almond meal
  • 300 grams caster sugar
  • Half a teaspoon nutmeg
  • Half a teaspoon cinnamon
  • 200 grams finely grated dark chocolate
  • Four (4) eggs
  • Four (4) tablespoons of olive oil


  • 60 grams of melted dark chocolate


  1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees celsius. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients – ground almonds, sugar, chocolate, nutmeg and cinnamon in a mixing bowl.

    Add the eggs, olive oil and use your hands to combine until a firm dough forms.
    Wet your hands (very important!) and take a tablespoon of the mixture and shape into elliptical forms
    Lay each cookie on the lined tray, with a few centimetres between each one to allow for spreading
    Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cookies are dry on the outside, but slightly undercooked and chewy on the inside.
    Cool completely
    Decorate the cookies by piping chocolate zig-zag squiggles on top.

Let me know if you tried these sensational Rab cookies and what you thought?

Dobar Tek! Zivjeli! (Bon Appetit! Cheers and let’s live!)

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