Middle Eastern Date-Filled Cookies (Ma’amoul)

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Different cultures have different rites of passage.

Like getting a driver’s license and graduating high school.

Other rituals are religious, such as Confirmation and Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

Or tribal, like land diving, tooth sharpening, and facial tattooing.

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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....

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Mini Maple-Cinnamon-Walnut Turnover Cookies

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This year I wanted to come up with a healthier holiday cookie that doesn’t necessarily taste healthy. Something that I could serve to my family for dessert along with tea and coffee at one of my parents’ family dinners and have people be satisfied with dessert – not left wanting something else. I’ve been in the mood for Ma’amoul, which are Middle Eastern filled cookies. Perhaps the most common filling for these cookies is dates, but my mother-in-law also makes versions with walnuts and pistachios. For the walnut, she makes two different flavors: 1) cinnamon and 2) rose and orange blossom water-scented. The cinnamon-walnut are […]...

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