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Date Maamoul (Arabic cookies)

April 10, 2020

I can’t begin to explain how much time these took, my back hurts and my kitchen is very messy. BUT they turned out really really really good, so i guess it was worth it. Next year, i’m buying them.

You can fill the maamoul with dates, pistachios, walnuts, or even chocolate spread. I always prefer dates, but your call.

Maamoul with Dates

Middle eastern cookies usually filled with pistachios, walnuts, or dates. I only like the ones filled with dates.
Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Resting time 12 hrs
Total Time 13 hrs 50 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 40 Mini Cookies


  • 2 cups coarse semolina
  • 2 cups fine semolina
  • 120 g melted butter
  • 120 g melted shortening I use Crisco
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp powdered milk
  • 1.5 tsp mahlab powder
  • 3 tbsp warm water
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1.5 tbsp orange blossom water
  • 1.5 tbsp rose water
  • 700 g date paste
  • 1 tsp orange blossom water
  • 1 tsp rose water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon Powder
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar


  • Place both semolinas and sugar in a large bowl, mix. Pour the melted butter and shortening and rub into the semolina mixture making sure each grain is coated well
  • Cover the bowl and let rest overnight
  • The next morning add the mahlab and powdered milk
  • Dissolve the yeast in the water making sure it’s not too hot and pour over the semolina mixture
  • Add the rose water, orange blossom water and mix all the ingredients together until you can shape them when pressed
  • Mix the date paste with cinnamon, orange blossom, and rose water until all liquid absorbed
  • Remove a tbsp or Maamoul dough, press a small date ball into it, seal it and press into a Maamoul mould
  • Once done place the Maamoul on a buttered baking tray, and into a preheated oven 180 C for around 15 min depending on your oven. WATCH THEM. Once they become golden it’s time to remove them
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar

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1 Comment

  • Reply Ghalia Zedan April 11, 2020 at 12:16 am

    Looks so delicious 😍😋

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