Desserts, Middle Eastern Recipes

Maamoul (Date Filled Cookies)

A batch of golden date-filled cookies, served on religious occasions.

These Middle Eastern crumbly biscuits are filled with rich date paste.
These delicacies crafted with generations-old recipes, symbolize the essence of togetherness and celebration.

a dozen of golden Middle Eastern cookies baked to perfection
Fun to eat and fun to make.

A batch of buttery cookies stuffed in rich date paste. Ma'amoul biscuits are served in the Middle East celebrationg different religious celebratioms.
Decoratively shaped biscuits.

Crumbly Cookies stuffed with sweet date paste. They are considered a traditional dessert in the Middle East.
Crumbilicious and irresistible.

A beautiful box of golden maamoul cookies stuffed with a flavorful date paste
The intricate flavors, textures, and aromas reflect the spirit of the festive season.

Storage Tips

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make maamoul without using a mold?

You can absolutely shape your cookies without using a mold. Use your hand if molds are not available. After you fill the dough with your favorite stuffing, seal it carefully then flatten it. Now, you can shape it using a fork or any other tool.

Can I prepare a homemade maamoul spices blend in case I don’t find it in the market?

If you don’t find maamoul spices, you can create your own spice mix by combining 2 tablespoons ground anise, 2 tablespoons freshly ground fennel, and 1 teaspoon fresh ground cardamom.

a batch of tiny pastries made with buttery dough
Everyone’s favorite!

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A batch of golden traditional date-filled Maamoul cookies that will melt in your mouth.

Maamoul (Date Filled Cookies)

A crumbly semolina cookie filled with slightly scented date paste. These famous Middle Eastern cookies that melt in your mouth will get you addicted!
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rest Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 20
Calories 118 kcal


For The Dough

  • 4 cups fine semolina
  • 1 cup butter melted
  • ½ cup ghee (samna)
  • 3 tablespoons powdered milk
  • ½ teaspoon ground mastic
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mahlab
  • 3 tablespoons maamoul spices
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup half and half or milk
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
  • ½ cup flour

For The Date Filling

  • 2 packages dates
  • ¼ teaspoon mahlab
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons samna melted
  • ¼ teaspoon mastic
  • 1 tablespoon maamoul spices


  • Add the warm melted butter and samna onto the semolina and rub between hands for 5-10 minutes.
  • Leave it covered for 24-48 hours before stuffing continues.
  • Add the rest of the dry ingredients to the semolina after resting.
  • Mix yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar with warm liquid and let it activate.
  • Mix with semolina and knead for 5 minutes, then let it rest covered for 20-30 minutes.
  • Combine the ingredients of the date filling very well.
  • Stuff the maamoul and bake on a cookie sheet at 425℉ for about 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.
  • Transfer to top rack for 3-5 minutes until dried and a tiny bit golden.


  • Melt the butter before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.
  • Preheat the oven.
  • Use fresh mahlab powder for a better taste.
  • You can store the Maamoul in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
  • If you don’t have Maamoul spices you can create your own spice mix by combining 2 tablespoons ground anise, 2 tablespoons freshly ground fennel, and 1 teaspoon fresh ground cardamom.


Calories: 118kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 86mgPotassium: 21mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 329IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword date-filled maamoul, Ma’amoul, Maamoul cookies, Middle Eastern maamoul
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13 thoughts on “Maamoul (Date Filled Cookies)

  1. Hiba says:

    5 stars
    I tried this maamoul recipe last year. My guests thought it was from the famous zalatimo one!! it’s absolutely perfect.

  2. Issa says:

    5 stars
    Top! The Beat and delicious

  3. Sam says:

    5 stars
    My best maamoul to date! (Pun intended 😂) Thank you!

  4. Diana Hasna says:

    5 stars
    I would like to make your Maamoul recipe, can you give a recipe for maamoul spices?

    1. Fatimah says:

      hi! In the blog post, I have it listed in detail. 2 tbsp freshly ground anise, 2 tbsp freshly ground fennel, 1 tsp freshly ground cardamom. Mix well

  5. Malak says:

    5 stars
    So we’re a family that eats maamoul, kaak and all that year round. Let me tell you that your maamoul + kaak and makrouta recipes are literally the best recipes we have ever tried. Im afraid to make them at some point for Eid, because I think we’d finish them all before!

  6. Serene says:

    5 stars
    Seriously so so good! I got 56 pieces for reference! Nice crispy outside and soft interior! Definitely my go to!

  7. Sobhia says:

    5 stars
    The best ma3mool I’ve had! Loved them. The recipe is easy to follow too!

  8. Haneen Awadalla says:

    5 stars
    I personally tried this recipe from the creator herself, and I am so so excited she shared her recipe!! They were the best cookies I’ve had!

  9. Asmas says:

    5 stars
    I made these for Eid and they were the best mamoul I’ve ever tasted. The crust was light and buttery with just the right amount of richness from the ghee. I would definitely remake this 😍😍

  10. Filsteen says:

    5 stars
    I’ve pretty much gave up trying to make mamoul because I’m not a baker and every recipe I tried heifer failed miserably. But for some reason, I decided to give this recipe a try and boy was I glad I did! OMG! These were soooo soft and flavorful. They were so good my daughter and I ate them straight out-of-the-oven! My daughter even said that these are the best I’ve ever made! I was sooo happy. I saved this recipe and will make it during the year, even when it’s not Eid. 🤗

  11. Melinda Iqbal says:

    Hi I’m wanting to try your recipe and wondered if rose water could be added or traditional as i see a lot of recipes use

    1. Fatimah says:

      Hi, you can, but as someone who is Palestinian, we prefer adding mastic and mahlab for flavorings along with the ground herbs/spices. we don’t gravitate towards rose or orangeblossom water in maamoul. You can add some if you’d like! about a tsp or so

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