Photo (taken by yours truly) of Date-Filled Cookies from my cookbook, An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair.
I bet your family has a favorite holiday cookie recipe. Maybe it’s Benne Cakes, Speculaas, Vanillekipferl, or Rugelach; no matter what it is, it’s probably very close to your heart. The memories conjured up by baking and eating the cookies are truly cherished.
For my hubby’s family (and now for me!), this cookie is Ma’amoul.These beautiful filled cookies are traditionally made for the Eid (“Festival”) at the end of Ramadan. They can be stuffed with orange blossom-scented pistachios, cinnamon-spiced walnuts, or a date filling that’s uniquely spiced with things like mahlab, anise, and fennel along with more traditional warm spices like cinnamon and ginger. These cookies are absolutely divine paired with a fresh pot of steaming hot Turkish coffee that’s scented of cardamom.
I learned how to make Ma’amoul from my mother-in-law Sahar, and I included the recipe in my cookbook, An Edible Mosaic: Middle Eastern Fare with Extraordinary Flair. For the full recipe, please check out my feature on Bonbon Break. They are also giving away a copy of my cookbook!