Ma’amoul Recipe (Date Cookies)



  • 11 cups semolina course
  • 3 cups semolina fine
  • 1/2 cup self-raising flour
  • 1 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mahlepi (optional flavour)
  • 5 packs of unsalted butter 250g each
  • 1/2 cup orange blossom water (mazaher)
  • 2 tablespoon of yeast
  • 1 cup warm water

Filling Ingredients

  • 5 packs of pitted dates 500g each
  • 2 spoons of cinnamon ground
  • 1 Tablespoon cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon nutmeg
  • 150g of unsalted butter


  • Combine the semolina, flour, icing sugar and butter then leave it for about 1-2 hours.

Date filling

  • Mix the dates and the seasoning then put it in the microwave in batches for 5 minutes
  • Add butter to soften the dates then put it in the food processor to puree to make a well formed dough
  • Shape them into small balls


  • Add the yeast to the water then pour it over the semolina then add the orange blossom water and mix thoroughly until it becomes a well formed dough.
  • Divide the mixture into small pieces, they should be about the same size as the mould
  • Lay a piece of the dough in the palm of your hand and flatten it with your other hand
  • Then add the date filling in the middle of the dough and fold it over
  • Place the dough in the mould and press gently to set
  • Tap the mould out and place them on a tray
  • Bake them in a 180 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes
  • Sprinkle with icing sugar when cooled
  • This recipe makes up to 120 cookies

Tip: Sprinkle some flour into the mould before using  it to stop the dough from sticking.


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