Delicious Maamoul, date stuffed cookies, from my Middle Eastern desserts menu. These buttery and crumbly Maamoul cookies are one of my personal favorite sweets. I bake these every time I crave for something different and comforting, as a treat.
I came across a few different recipes and versions for the same cookies, and put down my own recipe for it. I have a few more recipes for similar stuffed cookies, and will be sharing those sometimes soon. For now try this recipe and remember to share your pictures and feedback on my instagram or Facebook pages. I am always happy to hear from you.
Happy baking !
1 cup (2 sticks /226 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¼ cup granulated white sugar
2-3 tsp rose water ( optional)
2 tbs orange blossom water (optional)
1 cup fine semolina
1 ½ cup all purpose flour
Pinch of salt
1 pack of baking dates or 7-9 large Medjool dates ( use a food processor to make a paste)
Confectioners sugar for dusting the cookies
Beat the butter and sugar on high speed, until fluffy
Lower the speed and beat in the rest of your ingredients, remember to stop and scrape
Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C degrees
Using a medium ice cream scoop or regular spoon to take some of the dough and roll it into a ball
Make a deep imprint with your thumb, roll the date paste into a smaller ball and place in that imprint
Bring the tips together and close into a ball, use the mold to shape it or simply flatten with your fingers and make a few stripes with a fork , to design the cookies
Bake 20-25 minutes or until light golden color
Allow to cool down 15-20 minutes before serving
Enjoy with a good cup of tea or coffee