Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Dates Maamoul | Maamoul | Dates Cookie | No Sugar Cookies

Dates Maamoul ,a short bread kind of pastry filled with dates mixture. It's quite famous in middle eastern countries. Few weeks before, i borrowed a book named as "Middle Eastern Basics" from our local library. This book have very detailed explanation for some of the basic recipes of middle eastern countries and i came to know about this cookies from that book and i liked it so much because it's a no-sugar cookie expect the sugar for dusting,that too optional.
And i have all the ingredients in hand,so immediately i tried and it turned out so yummy.Buttery crust with dates on every bite is purely divine.Though this cookies are not authentic christmas cookies, it will be a great gifts to your friends and families during this holiday season and also it will be ideal for those who counts on their sugar intake.

Dates Maamoul

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 25 minsMakes : 10 
Recipe Category: Cookies | Recipe Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Dates(pitted) - 20
All purpose flour - 1 cup
Butter - 1/3 cup + 2 tsp
Vanilla essence - 1/4 tsp
Salt - a pinch
Milk - as needed
Powdered sugar for dusting(optional).

First let's make the inner stuffing, take the dates and cut into small pieces, heat 2 tsp of butter in a sauce pan.Once the butter is all melted, add the chopped dates and cook it on low flame till it becomes mushy and turns into single mass.Switch off the flame and let it cool.Now for the outer layer, take the flour in a bowl, add the salt, 1/3 cups of butter & vanilla extract, mix it well with flour till it looks like a crumb. Now add milk little by little to form a dough. The dough should be easily pliable. Divide the dough into 10 equal parts.Similarly divide the dates mixture into 10 equal parts. Take a dough and spread it with your fingers like a small disc,place the dates ball into the dough.Seal the edges together well and keep the sealed edges downside and roll into round shape using your palm, do the same for the remaining dough and dates mixture and place it in the baking tray.Take a fork and press it on the cookie to give nice impression and bake it in the preheated oven at 300F for 20 to 25 mins. Remove from the oven and cool it in the wire rack completely before serving.That's it. Tasty Dates Maamoul cookie is ready.


  • These cookies must not brown,so after 20 to 25 mins, tap the surface of the cookie,it should resist the pressure slightly. if it's too soft then cook it for  few more mins and check again. 
  • Butter should be at room temperature.
  • You can omit the salt to the dough if you're using salted butter.
  • The original recipe calls for Orange blossom water, as i dont have i used vanilla extract.
  • As i pressed very lightly with fork on the cookies, the impression is not visible once it's baked,so press it firmly if you want nice impression on the top.

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