Dates cookies … كعك بعجوة و المقروطة


Ingredients :

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  •  1/2 cup semolina
  •  1/4 cup sesame seeds ( optional )
  • 3 tbs powdered milk
  •  1/2 cup ghee butter (سمنة)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  •  1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  •  1 tsp of each ground Mahlab, ground anise seeds and ground fennel
  • A dash of ground mistika ( Arabic gum )
  •  2 packs of dates paste (ajweh) for filling
  • 1 tbs ghee butter (سمنة)


  1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in the warm water.
  2. In a small bowl mix all spices and the ground mastic together.
  3. Save a dash of the spices for the dates paste.
  4. In a big bowl add all the dry ingredients.
  5. Add ghee and olive oil, and mix until pea size ensemble.
  6. Add yeast and water and knead the dough to form a soft ball.
  7. Let rest for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium size bowl prepare the dates paste by adding the saved dash of the same spices you added to the dough and the ghee butter, mix to combine.
  8.  Start shaping the dough into the shape desired and fill it with the dates paste.
  9. Arrange cookies in a cookie sheet.
  10. Preheat oven to 375F.
  11. Bake cookies in the lower rack of the oven for 5 minutes.
  12. Transfer cookies to the upper rack of the oven and bake for another 5 minutes more.
  13. Serve cookies with a cup of tea.


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