A month ago my parents gave a lovely box of maamool (date , fruit or nut filled middle easter cookies) and I have been hooked ever since.
I decided to make some at home since I couldnt find the same brand here in Melbourne (most of the ones in store have palm sugar and too many preservatives) and I had a box of fresh dates in my fridge.. so today I got baking!
You will need:
- For the filling
250 gms dates (pitted and chopped)
2 tablespoons of butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2 tablespoon vanilla sugar (optional)
Fry off the dates on a gentle heat with the butter until softened and fragrant. The dates should pick up some colour but not burn. Add the flavourings at the end and mash very well until a smooth paste is formed.
- For the cookie dough:
3 cups plain flour
200 gms butter (unsalted)- softened
1/2 cup pure icing sugar (add more if you like it sweeter next time)
1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
Mix flour, icing sugar and vanilla together until well combined. Mix in butter and mix with finger tips until smooth crumbs form. Do not work the dough too much
This is up to your imagination. Today I used a muffin tray to give a nice shape to the cookies. I used approximately 3/4 tablespoons of date paste to 2.5 tablespoons cookie dough. I made a ball of each and flattened each one individually. Then i placed the date filling in the larger dough circle and sealed together to form the cookie, then placing it into the muffin tray to take a nice round shape.
You can also roll the dough flat and fill with a ”snake shape” roll of dough. Then seal the edges, and cut into individual portions. Takes you back to playing with playdough 😀
Bake in a moderate preheated oven (180 deg) until golden and cooked through.
Perfect with milky tea or a strong coffee. But i usually have mine with a glass of milk 🙂
- Add more date filling/less cookie dough than is shown in the pic if you like the cookies sweeter/with more dates.