Maamoul Cookies For Eid, Ajwa cakes or Eid cakes, is a type of popular sweets popular in the Arab region, especially in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Iraq and Egypt. They are usually stuffed with dates or nuts such as walnuts, pistachios, or lokum.

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Ma’amoul Cookies

This recipe is one of the most important manifestations of celebration and joy accompanying Eid Al-Fitr, and is usually prepared during the last days of Ramadan.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course General
Cuisine Lebanese Recipes
Servings 6 People
Calories 300 kcal


-- For the dough :

  • 1 cup semolina flour
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp orange blossom water
  • 2 sticks (240 gr) butter, at room temperature

--Filling :

  • 8 medjool dates, pitted
  • 4 fresh figs,
  • 1 cup walnuts, without shell
  • 1 tbsp orange blossom water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5 tbsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil


  • To prepare the dough: combine the semolina, flour, all purpose flour and baking powder in a large bowl, mix well.
  • Add the milk, butter and orange blossom water to the dry ingredients and combine them well until dough is formed.
  • Place the dough in a fridge for 20 minutes.
  • To make the filling, place the dates, figs and walnuts in a food processor and blend until a fine ball is formed.
  • Remove from the food processor, add cinnamon, orange blossom water and sugar and set aside. For the Ma'amoul cookies preparation: roll the dough to make small balls.
  • Poke a little hole in each ball with your finger and place some fillings inside them. Close opening until all the filling is concealed.
  • Take cookie mold and wipe down with some vegetable oil so that the dough does not stick with the mold.
  • Press the balls in the mold and then tap down the cookie by hitting the mold on the side.
  • Place the ma'amoul cookies on a baking sheet and bake them for about 20 minutes until the bottom of the cookies become light brown.
  • When the cookies are baked , remove them from oven and allow cooling on a cooling rack


Calories: 300kcalSaturated Fat: 4.6gFat: 9gProtein: 5gCarbohydrates: 13g
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