Ma'amoul are small shortbread pastries filled with dates, figs, pistachios or walnuts. They are made in the shape of balls or flattened cookies. They can either be decorated by hand or be made in special wooden moulds. Ma'amoul with date fillings are often known as menenas.
They are very popular in Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, and other Levantine countries, and highly demanded in the Persian Gulf States. Many households keep a stock of them all year round, but they are particularly made during festivals and celebrations...
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There are different ways of making it..
If we don't have Ma'amoul mould then we can use any mould which is available.
For the Dough
1 cup Fine Semolina
1 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Powder Sugar
1/2 cup Milk powder
1 tsp Dry Yeast
1/4 tsp Salt
2/3 cup Butter Room temperature
1/4 cup Oil
1/4 cup Lukewarm Water
1 tsp Orange essence or 1 tbsp Orange Blossom Water
Take yeast and lukewarm water. Mix it in a cup and keep it aside. In another mixing bowl, add the butter and oil. Beat it till fluffy. Add the sugar and beat it. Add yeast water and orange essence. Beat it again. Add all purpose flour, semolina, milk powder and salt. Mix it to form a dough. Keep it aside.
For the Stuffing
1 cup Dried Figs ground
1/4 cup Walnut ground
½ cup Pistachios ground
¼ cup Brown Sugar
Take fig and walnut in a bowl, mix it together. Similarly mix pistachio and brown sugar, mix it together. This will make 2 different stuffings.
For the Cookies
Divide the dough into equal small size balls. The portion should be the size of the mould. Take a dough ball. Flatten the ball using your palm and create a hollow in the centre. Place any stuffing desired in the centre. Press the stuffing and close the edges of the dough. Press the edges and seal well. Press it into the mould. Gently remove the cookie from the mould. Prepare the rest of the cookies in the same manner. Place the cookies in a rows, on a greased baking tray. Bake it at 180 degrees celcius for 20 minutes till brown in colour. Remove from the oven and let it cool.