Eid Maamoul is a traditional Middle Eastern cookie that is typically enjoyed during the Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha celebrations. This delicacy is often made at home, using a special mould to shape the cookies. Here, we will go through the steps of making Eid Ma’amoul in the traditional Middle Eastern way, so you and your family and friends can enjoy the tasty cookie, and create special Eid memories together.
- 3 cups of fine semolina
- 1 1/4 cups of butter or ghee, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of milk
- 1 tablespoon of yeast
- 1 teaspoon of mahlab (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of anise seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup of chopped nuts (walnuts, pistachios or almonds)
- Powdered sugar, for dusting
Instructions to make Maamoul Eid Al-Fitr
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the semolina, sugar, mahlab, anise seeds, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well.
- In another bowl, dissolve the yeast in the milk and let it sit for 5-10 minutes until it starts to foam.
- Add the yeast mixture to the semolina mixture and mix well until everything is well combined.
- Add the butter and vegetable oil to the mixture, and knead until you have a soft dough.
- Cover the dough with a clean kitchen towel and let it rest for at least 2 hours, or until it doubles in size.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Divide the dough into small balls, about the size of a walnut.
- Take each ball and press your thumb into the centre to create a small indentation.
- Fill the indentation with your choice of nuts.
- Close the dough around the filling, making sure that it is well sealed.
- Press the dough into a ma’amoul mould, or use a fork to create a decorative pattern on the surface.
- Place the ma’amoul cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until they are light golden brown.
- Let the cookies cool for a few minutes before dusting them with powdered sugar.
- Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
Making Eid Ma’amouls in the traditional Middle Eastern way is a fun and easy activity that can be enjoyed with family and friends during the Eid celebrations. By following these simple steps, you can bake delicious and beautiful ma’amoul cookies that are sure to impress everyone. So, give it a try and enjoy this sweet and aromatic treat!
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