Cook's Corner

Maamoul or Ka'akcookies

Maamoul are delicious treats served in the Middle East during special holidays. After fasting the whole day, and praying the Taraweeh prayers, these are sure to put a smile on your face.

Yield: 15 servings

For the dough (shell):

- 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 2/3 cup hot milk
- 2/3 cup farina (regular cream of wheat works fine)

For the stuffing:

- 5 tablespoons butter
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 ½ cups dates (pitted, chopped fine)

For the topping:

- Powdered sugar for dusting


Use walnuts or pistachios as an alternative filling

To make dough:

Mix farina, sugar, and baking soda.
Add butter and milk and mix well.
Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for 2 hours.

Meanwhile, while the dough is resting, the filling can be prepared.

Add the dates, butter, and cinnamon to a saucepan over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Keep mashing the dates with a wooden spoon until it is pureed. Cool completely.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a cookie sheet with butter.

Divide the dough into 15 pieces. Flatten each piece into a circle and add 1 Tbsp of filling. Use a maamoul mold or bring up the sides together and lightly press the tops with a fork.

Place the cookies in the oven for 20 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned.

Remove and dip the bottoms immediately in powderedsugar and sprinkle very generously. Cool on racks.


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