As Ramadan is coming to a close. All women of the household are busy preparing the snacks that will be served. None is more treasured than Mamoul or Date Cookies.
This mamoul is called mamoul bi Jaws wa Tamr. A cookie with walnuts and dates. A different pastry and a different way to make the dates, but a true delicacy. Each country and each culture has their own recipe for perfection.
Mamoul – A Walnuts and Dates Cookie Recipe
- 1 1/2 pounds of seminola
- 1 1/2 cups of plain flour
- 1/2 pound of ghee or butter
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/4 cup of orange blossom water
- 1/8 cup of rose water
- 1/2 cup of water
- 2 teaspoon of yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup of warm water
- 3/4 cup of powdered sugar for dusting
- In a large bowl, combine the seminola, flour, sugar, and ghee and work it through with a pastry cutter or manually with the hands. Work the mixture until it is the consistency is of very rough flour.
- Add in the rose water and the orange blossom water and mix very well.
- Cover the bowl and let it sit for at least 5 hours.
- 1/2 pound of walnuts
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of rosewater
- 1/2 pound of seeded dates
- 2 tablespoons of ghee or butter
Method of Making the Mamoul
- Chop the walnuts into very fine pieces. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Chop the dates into small pieces. Place the ghee on the stove and heat. Let the ghee cool down.
- Add the ghee to the dates and knead both together.
- Divide the dates into small balls and set aside.
- Dissolve the yeast and set aside for 15 minutes.
- Add the seminola mixture to the yeast and the water. Work the seminola well with hands until the dough becomes pliable.
- Divide the dough into small amounts around the size of tablespoons. Roll each piece of dough into smooth balls.
- Place a hole in the middle of the balls and add the dates or the nut filling and close. A mould can be used if it is available or leave as round balls and flatten them. You can also choose to make the cookies into cylinder logs.
- Place on a cookie sheet and bake in a very hot 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.
- When the cookies are cool.
The mamoul are famous throughout all the Middle East and they are the one cookie that everyone expects to taste on the holiday following Ramadan. This is a traditional cookie served also on the holiday following the pilgrimage. It does take a lot of work, but the benefit is, when the guest bites into the cookie for the first time. It will be a sweet dessert that is worth the trouble.