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Mediterranean Stuffed Date Cookie Maamoul

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Ma'amoul (Arabic: معمول€Ž) are small shortbread pastries filled with dates, pistachios or walnuts (or occasionally almonds, figs, or other fillings). They are popular in the Middle eastern countries. They may be in the shape of balls or of domed or flattened cookies. They can either be decorated by hand or be made in special wooden moulds. Many households keep a stock of them all year round, but they are particularly used on religious festivals. Muslims eat them at night during Ramadan, and Arab Christians eat them at Easter. In Jewish communities, ma€™amoul with nut fillings are eaten on Purim.
Ingredients
  All purpose flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Semolina 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Baking powder 1 Teaspoon
  Milk 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Butter 1 Cup (16 tbs) (At Room Temperature, 2 Sticks)
  Ground walnuts 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Cinnamon 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Medjool dates 8 , pitted
  Orange blossom water 1 Teaspoon
  Vegetable oil 1 Tablespoon
  Powdered sugar 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
Directions

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl, combine flour, semolina and baking powder, mix well. Next, add butter, milk and orange blossom water to dry ingredients and combine until dough is formed.
In a food processor, blend walnuts until fine and crumbly, pour walnuts into bowl and add sugar, cinnamon and orange blossom water. Next, put the dates into the food processor and blend until it is formed into a fine ball, remove and add orange blossom water, set aside.
To form maamoul cookies, roll dough into balls, smaller than golf balls, poke an indent into the ball and place some of the filling inside, close the opening until all of the filling is concealed. Next, wipe down the maamoul mold with some vegetable oil so that dough does not stick, press ball into the maamoul mold and then tap our the cookie by hitting the mold on the side. Place the cookies on a non-stick baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, until bottom of the cookie is light brown. Remove cookies and let cool completely, dust cookies completely with powdered sugar and store in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Mediterranean
Course: 
Snack
Taste: 
Sweet
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cookie
Interest: 
Holiday
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Date, Milk Product
Preparation Time: 
25 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
45 Minutes
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