Maamoul

Ingredients for The Maamoul dough
¼ cup milk
¼ teaspoon active dry yeast
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 Teaspoons of canola oil
7 tablespoons of unsalted butter(melted)
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ cup water

Method for The Maamoul dough
In one bowl, mix milk and yeast. Set aside for almost 5 minutes. In another bowl, mix flour and sugar. Add oil and melted butter into the flour mix. Add the yeast and milk mixture and vanilla extract. Mix gently with your hand. I haven't used mixer or anything, this is all mixing with hands. Add water, a little at a time, mixing gently after each addition, until the dough is soft. Cover the dough and set aside to rest for at least 20 minutes.

Maamoul Filling method
1/2 cup of Baking Dates (these are finely chopped dried dates, pitted and chopped actually, best for baking and for smoothies, I can post it's pictures and the brand's name too if someone wants to see for reference)
2 teaspoon canola oil
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
A pinch of ground cardamom

Maamoul filling method
Combine the baking dates with other ingredients I mentioned for the filling.

For Dusting
1/4 cup of cocoa powder (optional)
Or Powdered sugar.

Now, Preheat your oven to 350F. Take out the dough into 1 Tablespoon sections. Roll each section into a nice ball shape. Place half a tablespoon of the dates filling and cover it with the next ball on top. Then, flatten the cookie slightly, and by using a fork press, decorate or make a design on the top. Place the filled and shaped cookies onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. I bake 10 cookies at one time to give each a plenty of space to get widened and risen. Bake the cookies for about half n hour or when you see they are getting lightly golden brown, crumbly and a slight crunchy. #hubaakbar

Maamoul cookies will last for 2-3 weeks in an air-tight container on the counter. I usually put them in the fridge. They will last even longer if kept in the fridge.

It's always there lying in my fridge for my sudden sweet cravings especially at midnight

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