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Maamoul Date Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds farina
  • 1 ½ pounds semolina
  • 1 ½ pounds sweet butter
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 ¼ cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup fennel powder
  • 1 tablespoon mahlab
  • 2 tablespoons anise powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons nutmeg
  • ½ tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • For the filling:
  • 2 ½ pounds date paste
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon fennel powder
  • 1 tablespoon anise powder
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • For topping:
  • Powdered sugar
  • Ground pistachios

Steps

  1. Prepare the cookie dough.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Mix farina, semolina and sweet butter. Cover and let it sit at room temperature overnight.
  4. Mix in confectioners sugar, granulated sugar, fennel powder, mahlab, anise powder and baking powder. Add water and avoid over-mixing by using just your fingers, set aside.
  5. Prepare the date filling.
  6. Mix date paste with cinnamon, nutmeg, fennel powder and anise powder.
  7. Roll the date mixture and into small 1 ½ inch sized balls, then roll the dough into slightly bigger balls, about 1 ¾ inch in size.
  8. Lightly flatten one of the dough balls and place a date ball into the center. Roll together then press into a date cookie mold until it’s level with the edge. Tap the mold against a hard surface to remove the cookie.
  9. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 400 degrees until golden brown, sprinkle with powdered sugar or ground pistachios.
  10. Serve and enjoy!