Recipe Courtesy of Fufu’s Kitchen
Heifa of Fufu’s Kitchen (Fufu in the Kitchen) is a Palestinian-American cake decorator and published food blogger who shares healthier cooking and baking recipes. The food she shares is from different cuisines, as well as Middle Eastern, tends to dietary restrictions, and often includes recipes with video tutorials!
There are many variations to making this cookie. Some recipes call for semolina flour; some for both flour and semolina but this one is just flour…you can find them [ingredients] at your local Arabic store…They add great flavor and a hint of color to your delicious date cookies. You can also find the decorative cookie spoon there too!
Maamoul Recipe by Fufu's Kitchen
In a large bowl, add all the dough ingredients except the water. Gently start mixing with your hands almost rubbing the ingredients together between your palms rather than kneading the dough. Add the water a 1/4 cup at a time till fully incorporated while still doing the same hand movements. Make sure ingredients are well combined. Keep dough covered in plastic wrap so it doesn't dry out.
Next, grab another bowl and mix together all the date filling ingredients with your hands as well. Form small date balls almost 1 tbsp in size with this paste.
Preheat oven to 375F (190C)
Grab about a tbsp of the dough and shape it into what looks like a mini bowl in the palm of your hands. Insert the date ball in the center of it and wrap the dough around the date ball to completely cover it. Place this into the cookie spoon mold nicely. Tap the mold till the cookie releases. (I usually tap it on the edge of a hard surface). * To prevent dough from drying, cover it lightly with plastic wrap while you are working.
Place the cookies onto a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned on the bottom. Then broil them for 2-3 minutes till golden brown on top. Keep an eye on them!
Once out, allow them to cool then sprinkle with powdered sugar.