Mamoul, Date Filled

Mamoul is a popular Middle Eastern cookie. They come filled with everything from dates, nuts, toffee, coconut and much more. I played with many different recipes and this was by far the best one, I hope you all enjoy it as well. Do not let the massive directions get you down its rather easy to throw together before bed and then when you have time the next day just fill and bake, simple.

1 cup dates
2 teaspoon sesame seeds
3 teaspoon of oil
½ teaspoon ground cardamom

½ cup milk
1 cup butter
2 cup semolina flour
1 cup flour
¼ cup of sugar
2 teaspoon orange blossom water

Powdered sugar for dusting

1. In a food processor, add dates, pulse until a paste is formed. Add sesame seeds and oil, mix with spoon.

2. In a 2-quart saucepan on low heat add butter and milk, allow butter to melt. In a large mixing bowl add semolina, flour and sugar. Add milk, butter mixture and mix well. Allow to cool. Add orange blossom water and fold into dough. Cover dough with plastic wrap and allow sitting overnight (at least 8 hours, this is a must the dough will not work before this).

3. Make dough into small balls, about the size of a hazelnut (or if you have, a mamoul press make sure the ball could easily be placed into it). Flatten each ball as thin as you can get without tearing dough. Place filling in the middle and fold into taco shape, roll gently back into ball being careful not to displace filling.

4. Press cookie into mold or use a fork to make designs on top (cookie should not be flattened but have a dome). Place on non-stick baking sheet in 350 F pre-heated oven. Bake 25-35 minutes or until tops become golden brown. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Yields: 2 dozen


  1. meeso1/25/2009

    Dates are delicious, yummy cookies!

  2. Kitchen Flavours1/29/2009

    Recipe sounds healthy and yummy....

  3. Sonia2/01/2009

    Thanks for the recipe! It turned out very good. I went out an purchased the press to make mould them into their traditional shape. I love maamoul!!!

  4. Noor2/01/2009

    I am glad that you all liked them :). Sorry for not having a picture but everyone ate them before I could take one, I was so mad as I worked hard on them, lol. Ahh this cookies are far from healthy sorry guys :) With all that butter how can they be? But dates are very good for you, right?

  5. Anonymous2/05/2009

    Thnx so much for sharing this recipe!

    I have a question. What type of semolina flour is called for? Is it farina (in u.s. they call it 'cream of wheat') or the hard wheat durum? Is the semolina coarse or fine grade? thnx again.


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