Maamoul Date Cookies

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Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups Fine Semolina (milled wheat flour/ can be found at middle eastern stores)
  • 1/2 cup All Purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 cup ghee, clarified butter
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 1/3 cup whole milk

Filling

  • 3 cups pitted, softened dates or 8 oz date paste
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water
  • powdered sugar for dusting the tops after baking optional

Instructions
 

  • Blend dates together in a food processor with spices and 1 tablespoon oil until smooth. Add orange blossom water. Roll 1 tablespoon dates into 24 small balls.
    In a small bowl, mix yeast in water and allow to stand for 3 minutes.In a stand mixer with paddle attachment, mix together farina, AP flour, salt, sugar and butter.
    Add the yeast and water and milk to the bowl and mix until dough forms.
    Allow dough to rest for 1 hour.Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    Using mold, press dough into the center, place date ball in the center of the dough.
    Place a second smaller piece of dough over the top of the date, cover the filling.Tap the mold until the dough releases.Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
    Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.