Anything but Cookie Cutter: Walnut Date Cookies

Ma’moul is a traditional Middle Eastern dessert you can find at religious holidays and celebrations, especially Easter. Complete with orange blossom water, walnuts, and (our favorite) butter, these date-filled cookies are anything but cookie cutter. Get the delicious recipe from The Kitchy Kitchen below.

Directions

To Make the Crust

Pulse semolina, flour, butter, sugar, and salt in a food processor into pea-size crumbles. Add milk and rose and orange blossom waters; pulse until dough forms. Flatten dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap; chill 2 hours.

To Make the Filling

Purée dates, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a food processor until smooth. Divide into 25 balls; chill 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 400°. Divide dough into 25 balls. Working with 1 ball at a time, press finger into dough, creating a pocket. Place 1 ball of filling into pocket; pinch sides to encase filling and roll into a ball. Flatten slightly using your palm; transfer to a baking sheet. Bake until golden, 20–25 minutes; let cool before serving. Top with powdered sugar.

Pro tip – place lace or macrame over your cookies before topping with powdered sugar to make each treat one-of-a-kind.

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