Eid special recipe: Maamoul Cookies

Last Updated: Jul 28, 2014, 10:07 AM IST
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Ingredients

Dough:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup semolina flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup milk
2 sticks of butter at room temperature
1 tsp orange blossom water
Cookie Moulds

Filling:
1 cup ground walnuts
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp Orange Blossom Water
8 dates (pitted)
vegetable oil
powdered sugar

Method

Pre-heat the oven at 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a large bowl, mix the all purpose flour, semolina and baking powder. Add butter, milk and orange blossom water to dry ingredients and mix until dough is formed. Blend walnuts until fine, pour them into a 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, grease the mold with some vegetable oil so that dough does not stick, press ball into the mold and then tap out 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 them cool completely. Dust them with powdered sugar and your cookies are ready to serve.