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.
- 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
1. Preheat oven to 400F.
11. Bake for ~20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove cookies and let them cool completely. Sprinkle powdered sugar over cookies.