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Authentic Maamul Cookies with Dates and Chopped Nuts

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Hen Perets – @peretshen
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Pair these maamul cookies with your next cup of coffee, and savor as each bite effortlessly melts in your mouth.
Prep Time :15 minutes
Cook Time :30 minutes
Refrigeration Time :30 minutes
Total Time :1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 12

INGREDIENTS
 

Dough:

Filling:

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a bowl, combine all the dough ingredients except for the flour. Gradually add flour until you achieve a soft and smooth dough. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Combine the nuts, almonds, and cinnamon.
  • Preheat the oven to 355°F (180°C).
  • Divide the dough into four parts and roll each part on floured parchment paper. Evenly spread the date spread, sprinkle the nut mixture, and roll into a log using the baking paper. Repeat this process for the remaining dough portions.
  • Place the rolled dough with the parchment paper on a baking sheet. Using a sharp knife, make deep triangular cuts, and then bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Allow the cookies to cool on the countertop for 10 minutes and then sprinkle with powdered sugar.

MY NOTES

authentic maamul cookies recipe
Credit: Hen Perets

Can I prepare the dough in advance?

Chilling the dough for a longer period not only enhances its texture but also allows the flavors to meld, resulting in a richer taste. When ready to bake, simply take the chilled dough out of the refrigerator, shape the cookies, and enjoy freshly baked maamul with minimal effort.

What nuts work best for these maamul cookies?

Opt for fresh and high-quality nuts, such as walnuts, pistachios, or almonds, to ensure a rich and flavorful taste. Choosing roasted or raw nuts can also impact the overall texture and aroma of the cookies.

How to store maamul cookies

Once cooled, place the cookies in an airtight container to prevent moisture and maintain their delightful texture. Consider layering parchment paper between the cookies to prevent sticking. Store the container in a cool, dry place to extend the cookies’ shelf life. Alternatively, refrigeration can be suitable for longer storage periods, although it may affect the texture slightly.

authentic maamul cookies recipe
Credit: Hen Perets

How to freeze the cookies

After baking and cooling, place the cookies in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Then, transfer them to an airtight container or zip-top bag, separating layers with parchment paper. Properly stored, frozen maamul cookies can retain their flavor and texture for up to three months. When ready to enjoy, thaw the cookies at room temperature.

authentic maamul cookies recipe
Credit: Hen Perets
authentic maamul cookies recipe
Credit: Hen Perets

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