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Maamoul Cookies

These naturally sweet, date filled cookies are as delicious as they are fun to make!

Course Dessert
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 18 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Farina
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar optional
  • 1 cup ghee
  • ½ cup water or milk as needed
  • ½ teaspoon mahlab spice optional
  • 1 13 oz package date paste
  • 1 tbsp ghee

Instructions

Cookies

  1. 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.

Date filling

  1. Date paste should be soft and easy to mold with your hands (you can warm it up in the microwave if needed).
  2. 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.

Assembly

  1. 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!

  2. Place cookies on a parchment or foil covered cookie sheet and bake for 20 min. You want the cookies to still be light in color with just a slight touch of golden brown. Since ovens vary, it’s best to check on them a few minutes before and adjust accordingly.
  3. After cookies are cool, you can sprinkle powdered sugar on top or eat them just as they are!

Recipe Notes

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.