Mediterranean Stuffed Walnut Easter Cookie – Ma’amoul

Dessert, Recipe

Ma’amoul is another holiday treat! It is a VERY tasty shortbread pastry that is filled with walnuts, dates, almonds, pistachios or other fillings. I used walnuts because that is my favorite :-) These cookies are most popular in Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and throughout the Levant.  They can be made by hand or in a special wood mould which helps give it different shapes. I made mine by hand, but I love using the mould to provide a more artistic shortbread cookie. 

Ma’amoul is kept in many homes throughout the year, but they are particularly popular during religious times. Arab-Christians eat them at Easter, Arab-Muslims eat them during Ramadan and Arab- Jews eat them during Purim, Rosh Hashanah and Hanukkah.
Makes: 12



  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup semolina
  • 2 sticks salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange blossom water
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (pistachios, walnuts, or almonds)
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • 1 cup ground walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • vegetable oil
  • powdered sugar for dusting

How to:

1. Preheat oven to 400F.

2. Combine flour, semolina, baking powder and allspice into a mixing bowl. Mix well.
3. Melt the butter and add to the flour/semolina mixture.
4. Add in milk and orange blossom water. Mix well.
5. Roll dough into 12 pieces. They should be the shape of balls a little smaller than a golf ball.  Place onto a non-stick baking sheet. You can use a little vegetable oil to help form the balls and make sure they are smooth. This will keep dough from drying also.
6. In a smaller bowl, combine the filling ingredients.  Crush walnuts until they are fine.
7. Push a circle into your dough or add it to the mould. 
8. Place about 1 teaspoon of filling mixture on top of dough.
9. Fold and press dough together to seal the filling.

10. Repeat. 

11. Bake for ~20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove cookies and let them cool completely. Sprinkle powdered sugar over cookies.

12. Enjoy!


14 Responses to “Mediterranean Stuffed Walnut Easter Cookie – Ma’amoul”

  1. MomNo Gravatar Says:

    Happy Easter to you and your loved ones! Those look beautiful and i am sure they are very tastey…sahtain and enjoy the holiday.


    Suzy EatsNo Gravatar Reply:

    Thanks Summer!!! Hope you had a great day :-)


  2. Jill ColonnaNo Gravatar Says:

    Enjoyed your post about ma’amoul and traditions. I’m sitting here tucking into a Hot Cross Bun and suddenly it’s not so glamorous as I thought! I’d love to try your ma’amoul since I adore nuts and orange blossom water/semolina sounds absolutely delicious!


  3. CrystalNo Gravatar Says:

    These look awesome! Did you use a cookie cutter to get the shape? Happy Easter Suzy!


    Suzy EatsNo Gravatar Reply:

    Hi Crystal. Yes there is actually a ma’amoul mould that I used. Hope you had a great Easter!


  4. rebeccaNo Gravatar Says:

    wow this looks great for my afternoon tea yum


  5. cakewhizNo Gravatar Says:

    omg suzy! i love these cookies though i didn’t know they were called maamouls. good to know their name now :)
    i have also had ones that are filed with crushed dates….are they also called maamouls?

    btw, happy easter :)


    Suzy EatsNo Gravatar Reply:

    hey abeer. yes the ones with dates are also called maamouls. they are very yummy too :-)


  6. AngelaNo Gravatar Says:

    Lovely. How fantastic to have a food tradition shared by so many religions.


  7. TiffanyNo Gravatar Says:

    Just gorgeous!


  8. Wendy IreneNo Gravatar Says:

    I love the beautiful designs in those cookies!! Happy Easter :)


  9. MaryNo Gravatar Says:

    These look really wonderful. I’ve never made them but I have an adventurous soul. This is my first visit to your blog and I’ve spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I’m so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you feature here and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary


  10. sarahNo Gravatar Says:

    Lovely! Looks like they turned out wonderfully!


  11. ClaudieNo Gravatar Says:

    Those look delicious and beautiful!! I really like the cuisine from this region, so I’ll try them this weekend :) thanks for sharing!


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