Holiday Cookies- Mammoul From Middle East


Ingredients for dough:
2 cups semolina flour (fine wheat meal)
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 teaspoon yeast
3 tablespoons powdered milk
1 teaspoon rose water
1/2 teaspoon grounded nutmeg
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
Ingredients for filling:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon cinnamon


All the ingredients for maamoul can be find in the international section of your local grocery store or in any international grocery store that carries Middle Eastern foods.
Directions for preparing dough:
Mix together semolina flour, all-purpose flour, powdered milk, and spices.
Pour vegetable shortening and olive oil over the mixed dry ingredients and stir well to combine. make sure that all the dry ingredients are thoroughly moistened.
Let sit for about half an hour, so that semolina flour has the time to absorb the fat.
Dissolve yeast in a 3 tbsp of water and make the dough using all remaining water.
Directions for preparing filling:
Mix all the ingredients together into a smooth mass.
Preheat oven to 425*F.
The proportion between dough and filling has to be 2:1, so you can easily wrap the dough around the filling.
Press the dough ball on your palm into a circle, squish the filling between your fingers, and place it onto the dough.
Wrap the dough around the filling, forming a ball in a size of a walnut.
Press the maamoul into the mold and lay the cookie on the tray.
Lower the temperature to 350*F and bake thee cookies for 20 minutes. turn the oven down and turn on the broiler and let cookies in the oven for additional 3 minutes until golden browned.
When cookies are completely cooled down, powder them with confectioners sugar.


Ohhhh, holidays! There is nothing more exciting than anticipation of holidays. You can almost feel the sparks in the air while children are impatiently jumping around, asking the same question for the zillion of times, and adults, too, somehow are more relaxed, smiling all the time. As if the blessings from above calm even the most restless soul on the Earth.

Every region has that staple holiday cookie that makes family gatherings so more special and maybe stimulates the invisible competition between the family cooks.

Maamoul is a must have holiday cookie during Eid celebrations in the Middle East.

This transports me way back to the time when I made my first batch of maamoul. It was a DISASTER!!!!!! Somehow I miss wrote the ingredients; or maybe, just maybe, that special someone that gave me the recipe "accidentally" left out one simple but important ingredient: H2O. So my first maamouls were a greasy mess filled with deliciously spiced dates. In the years to come I tried new recipes, retried the old ones, and in the end perfected my own that gives my family heavenly goodness each time I pull out a tray of baked maamouls from the oven.

It doesn't take much to trigger the holiday ambiance at home. Just smelling the essence of that special holiday cookie, pie baking in the oven, or that special staple holiday dish cooking on the stove top can magically create holiday's spirit, recall holiday memories, and put a calm smile on our faces any day of the year. It starts with: "Mmmh, what smells so good?" Continues with all family hanging out in the kitchen, impatiently anticipating for the cookies to be out of the oven. But the hardest part is waiting for them to cool down. And bringing the family together is always making me incredibly content.

Every family has that exclusive holiday recipe that is passed down from generation to generation, from mothers to daughters... I can hardly wait when time comes and I will proudly pass my maamoul recipe to my wonderful daughter Sara. Luv ya girl ^_^


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Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 10:45am


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