I tasted these date cookies for the first time in Israel, I was wandering about in the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem and head in to a small bakery that was just calling my name.
The man told me that the biscuits (known as “Mahamoul”) have just came out of the oven and he highly recommends to try as “it is his great grandmother’s recipe”.
Who am I to say no? So I approached the the man to taste one.
I wasn’t sure I would go that crazy over them at first, I thought to myself – date cookies ok, and?
But no, I was wrong! They were amazing! Nice and crunchy on the outside and hot and soft on the inside, the date filling had a mix of nuts and cinnamon which all together tasted like heaven!
Once I got back home to France, I had to try them, hoping that I could get that same flavour as the old man’s biscuits in Jerusalem. I chose not to use nuts in my recipe, but they did come out very close to his!
- 3½ Cups Flour
- ½ Bag of Baking Powder
- 3 Bags of Vanilla Sugar
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 1 Egg
- ¾ Cup Oil
- ½ Cup Orange Juice
- Date Spread
- Powdered Sugar
- Step 1 Place all ingredients (apart from the date spread, cinnamon and powdered sugar) in a large mixer bowl and mix with a dough hook attachment. Mix until combined and a ball of dough is formed.
- Step 2 Divide the dough into 4 even balls.
- Step 3 Roll out each ball into a flat rectangle, you cut the dough slightly to help form the shape.
- Step 4 Tip: roll out the dough between two sheets of parchment paper, it will help roll out a thin shape.
- Step 5 After rolling out all four balls of dough, place 2 tbsp of the date spread on each rectangle and spread across evenly.
- Step 6 Sprinkle cinnamon over the spread and powdered sugar.
- Step 7 Start rolling the dough into a tight log.
- Step 8 Cut the dough into small pieces, so that they look like small snails.
- Step 9 Place on parchment paper and bake on 180°C just until they start to turn a little golden brown.
- Step 10 Once they start turning a golden colour, take them out the oven.
- Step 11 These cookies don’t need to much time in the oven so make sure you watch them and don’t over bake! The texture should be crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.