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Maamoul Recipe

Maamoul is a Middle Eastern date filled cookie that is popular around Ramadan.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Cookies, Ramadan
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 40 cookies
Calories: 130kcal
Author: Chef Tariq



  • 1 kg Semolina fine
  • cups Ghee melted
  • ½ cup Butter melted
  • ¼ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 cup Powdered Milk
  • ¾ tsp Mastic ground
  • 1 tsp Ginger ground
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tbsp Yeast
  • 1 tsp Sugar for yeast
  • ¼ cup Water
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • ½ cup Orange Blossom Water
  • ½ cup Rosewater


  • 1 kg Date Paste
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Cardamom



  • In a small bowl mix the yeast, 1 tsp sugar, and ¼ cup water. Set aside.
  • In a bowl mix the semolina, ghee, butter, and vegetable oil. Let sit for ten minutes.
  • Mix the flour, powdered milk, mastic, ginger, and baking powder into the semolina mixture.
  • Add the yeast mixture, the ½ cup sugar, orange blossom water, and rosewater.
  • Knead until a dough forms.
  • Cover and place in the refrigerator for 50 minutes.


  • Mix the date paste with the cinnamon and cardamom. Add a little hot water if necessary to make the date mixture more pliable.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).

Making the Maamoul

  • Make roughly 40 balls out of the dough, and 40 smaller balls of the date mixture.
  • Press the date mixture into the dough and cover the bottom so the date does not show.
  • Press dough and date filling into a maamoul mold. (If you do not have one, flatten the dough and filling until it resembles a filled cookie.) Place on a baking sheet.
  • Bake Maamoul until edges are browned, five to ten minutes. 
  • Remove from oven when done and cool on the tray before moving the Maamoul to a cooling tray.



Serving: 40pieces | Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 59mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 0.2mg