Date-Filled Cookies (Ma’amoul)

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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!

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  1. says

    Oh my gosh those cookies look so unique and fun! I have zero experience with Middle Eastern baking or any sort of ethnic baking, which makes me want to go down your desserts list one item at a time. So glad to see a beautiful and different treat!

    • says

      Kristina, I got the mold at a local Middle Eastern grocery store. If you have a Middle Eastern grocery store in your area, that would be the first place I’d look. If you can’t find it there, you could always order online. Hashems offers ma’amoul molds (here’s the link if you’re interested:; if you’re ordering from Hashems for the first time you can get a 20% discount using the coupon code “anediblemosaic”. It is possible to make these cookies without a mold – I describe the technique in my book. Hope you enjoy the cookies if you give them a try!

  2. says

    Faith, these absolutely sound heavenly! Love the spices in it. We have a similar cookie here in Turkey called mamul(sounds similar, doesn’t it?).It is filled with a mixture with walnut and cinnamon. It’s just known in a small area on the south, though. Not everyone knows it around the country.
    BTW I LOVE your coffee cups!

  3. says

    Love these cookies and I made them without the mold on my blog. They were no where near as pretty as yours but I finally got the molds so I look forward to making them for Christmas:-)

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