These naturally sweet, date filled cookies are as delicious as they are fun to make!
In a large bowl, mix together farina, flour, sugar (if using) and ghee until fully combined. Keep kneading for about 7-10 min. You want it to be very well incorporated. Gradually add the water or milk in small amounts as kneading. Then cover and let rest for 30 min.
Add tablespoon of ghee to date paste and mix until it’s fully incorporated. Take chunks of date paste and roll them into balls. This part can get a little tricky because you want the size of the balls to be in proportion with the size of the mold you’re using for the cookie. About a tablespoon sized ball is usually a good starting place and you can take away or add more if needed.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Begin with a piece of cookie dough about the size of a golf ball. Start to create a bowl shape by pressing out the edges so you make room to fill it with the dates. Then take the date balls and stuff them in the little space you molded in the cookie dough. Now enclose the date filling with the cookie dough you’re already working with, or add a little more dough to close the top so that you have a round cookie dough ball with a date ball in the middle. You will then take that and press it into a mamool cookie mold, tap it to loosen the cookie and voila!
After cookies are cool, you can sprinkle powdered sugar on top or eat them just as they are!
These cookies can be made with or without adding powdered sugar. The dates sweeten it just fine, but if you love sweetness add the 1/2 cup. You can purchase Mahlab spice on Amazon. It's a very mild spice and isn't absolutely necessary, but gives it a nice flavor. You can purchase Mamool cookie molds on Amazon as well.