Friday, May 15, 2009

Mamoul cookies and Cinnamon Tea



The melt-in-the-mouth delicious mamoul cookies are one of the most popular middle eastern cookie.I used to buy a box every time I shopped at the middle store ,besides dates these are available in variety of fillings with fruits and nuts.But when yours truly turned a health nut and started scrutinizing the processed foods nutrition labels,the mamoul were sadly out listed from my choice of cookies.Until I found Kate's recipe, simple enough to bake some of my own with desired amount of fat and sugar.Amazingly the recipe worked quite well even after reducing sugar and fat quantities ,and the Orange blossom water used imparts the lovely fragrance and hint of refreshing flavor.Traditionally wooden molds are used to shape the cookies,in her recipe kate shows a very easy method to make mamoul without the molds.Thanks to Kate,I can enjoy these delectable cookies again without guilt.

Makes about 12 cookies (3-inch long-oval cookies)
Ingredients:
1 cup fine semolina(sooji rava)
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoon melted butter or ghee
2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoon Orange blossom water or rose water
1/2 cup reduced fat Milk(a little more if needed)
1/4 teaspoon powdered anise or ground anise seed(optional)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt

For filling
1 cup(4 ounce) about 6-8 dates,pitted and pressed to make a paste
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
For rolling
1/4 cup Walnuts or pistachios,chopped

Method
In a large bowl combine all the dry ingredients.Mix butter\ghee ,sugar,orange blossom water and milk in another bowl. Gradually add this in to the flour mixture,knead the dough until evenly mixed.The dough should be smooth and moist,add little more milk if needed.Cover and let rest for one hour.
Prepare the filling by combining the pressed dates and cinnamon .make 2 inch long rolls of the mixture and Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Make walnut-sized balls of the dough. Press down each of the balls using a thumb to form a cup to place the filling.place the date roll.Close the open end and roll between the palms to form a cylindrical shape.Place on a baking sheet and finish making the rest.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until bottom is lightly brown. Completely cool on a rack.Store in an air tight container.Tastes best if consumed within 4-5 days since its low in fat and could dry out sooner.
These Mamoul cookies are off to Srivalli's Mithai Mela and Ria's Let's Celebrate.My Sweet Potato chocolate Bundt cake and Nutella cake are also joining in Ria's Celebration.

Nutrition and Calories
Nutrition is in the core with mineral rich dates,also a good source of fiber and vitamins.The crust is pretty much all carbs.The fat calories are reduced to about 2 grams per cookie ,compared to about 9 grams in the original recipe.

Cinnamon Tea

The flavor of light Cinnamon Tea complements really well with mamoul.
Ingredients
3 cups water
1 teaspoon herbal tea mix or tea powder
2 cinnamon sticks(use ceylon variety)
1 teaspoon sugar

Method
Brew all the ingredients for about 15 minutes ;strain and serve hot.

Click - Cookies

This cookie Cookie click is my entry for Click Photography event at Jugalbandi,Cookies are the theme of this month.

46 comments:

Jenny said...

Yummy!Thanks Yasmeen for the low-fat version of these scrumptious cookies.

Jeena said...

Lovely Mamouls Yasmeen! I remember the first time I tried these in a Lebanese shop and I was fasinated by how many different kinds there were.

Parita said...

Wonderful mamoul cookies yasmeen...they look very delicious...gorgeous clicks :)

Gita's Kitchen said...

I do have a packet of these date-filled cookies in my pantry now, they are so delicious. after reading your post, I checked the fat content in those cookies...there are 12 g of fat in one cookie :( Thanks for the low-fat version of mamoul cookies Yasmeen, they look scrumptious.

Bharti said...

Sam story here Yasmeen. I used to buy those cookies, but stopped when I realized how bad the fat in them was. I love this home made version. Nice.

Prathibha said...

Wow lovely low fat cookies yasmeen....looking extremely good..

anudivya said...

Very nice the way you made it low cal as opposed to the store bought ones... I guess it is a Middle Eastern dessert with the date filling and all.

Kalyani said...

looks like a new one to me ...... nice try .. looks great ..........

Subhie Arun said...

lookls...grt..n yummy..we do similar one with pineapple filling..surely will give a try

Priya said...

Low fat cookies, will surely try once, love anything with dates.. Delicious cookies!

5 Star Foodie said...

Oh, scrumptious cookies and perfect with the cinnamon tea!

Happy cook said...

I love middle easter sweets. When we wer ein Eghypt i think i ate lots of sweets there which i hav enever ever had before.
This one looks really yummy with that filling.
Beautiful click.

Smitha said...

Wonderful yasmeen. But I hate dates. Maybe i'll try it with the prune jam recipe u gave me.

Pooja said...

Looking delicious yasmeen..

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

cookies sounds very yummy.. very creative.

Cham said...

I never tasted one,very different and delicious!

Vibaas said...

nice click. the cookies look super delicious!

bee said...

i adore these. we just made them two weeks ago. thanks for your delish entry.

Varsha Vipins said...

Another new dish to me..:)..loved the click Yasmeen..:)

Renu said...

this looks awesome to me...have dates sitting in fridge, gonna try it this weekend

notyet100 said...

pefect combo of cookis nd tea,.:-)nd lovely pic too

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

woww..its just wonderfull..superb presentatin...do visit my blog..kept a small surprise yesterday 4 u..still u didn come!! :)

Curry Leaf said...

Never heard about it Yasmeen.The cookies are surely healthy and clicks look lovely.Thanks for the recipe.

sowmya said...

cookies sounds so good and delicious..will make cinnamon tea today..

Sireesha said...

Cookies look yummilicious and creative...

sangeeta said...

the photos are really tempting.....cookies are new for me........a slightly different version is made in UP which is called khajoor......i make the low fat version.........this one is good n i know they become dry n hard after a week .

Ammu said...

Cookies with spice tea looks perfect for snacks. Very nice photos.

Indhu said...

nice cookies... love that they are low fat... and as soon as I saw cinnamon in the tea, I bookmarked this recipe :)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Wonderful entry for the event!
Cookies looks very unique! Tea sounds awesome too!

ttfn300 said...

i've never had these, but they look right up my alley!!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

I have had this once when K got these in Vienna but after that I had no clue why I lost track... Great tea time accompaniment... I have already bookmarked it!!!

Ashwini said...

Nothing better than a delicious cookie with cinnamon tea. Yummm

ARUNA said...

wow this low fat version sounds cool! Nice cookies!

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

Just fab Yasmeen. I saw them at Kate's ages ago as well, & thought I would make them one day too. Yours look gorgeous...as does the new look of your blog! It's lovely!!

Lisa said...

Hi sweetie! I just found out that with my allergy to every fruit, carrots, and most nuts, I have something wrong. And I also am sick a lot. So I think I have celiac disease, my mom does. Your blog is growing more invaluable everyday. I am not sure if the dates would affect me, but I want to try this! Love you.

Divya Vikram said...

Looks like a perfect combination with tea!

Mediterranean kiwi said...

filled cookies- perfect with a cup of tea!

Shabs.. said...

these cookies looks yum yasmeen...i love these mamoul cookies....great u made it urself and thattoo low fat version...thanks alot, wud come back to check on itlater..

Varunavi said...

Yummy cookies,i eat this very often but never thought that these can be made at home,bookmarked it :)

Priti said...

Wow looks so yum...am all tempted here to try this...wonderful click

Soma said...

This is such a different kind of cookie... beautiful yasmeen.. i have never had these before.

Parita said...

Hi Yasmeen...have something special for you in my blog..pls do check :)

Muneeba said...

gosh, I LOVE good mamoul ... have had good ones and bad ones .. I didn't realize they were so easy to make! Thks!

AnuSriram said...

wow.. yasmeen u make me drool.. these cookies looks so cute and lovely! perfect with tea!

Pooja said...

Wow delicious cookies! Literally melts in the mouth! And great shots too :)

Rebeca said...

Wahh.. what a combination Mamoul cookies with Cinnamon Tea . Really this is delicious cookies.

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