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Ma’amoul recipe

Ma’amoul recipe

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‘Ma’amoul are a traditional shortbread usually made with flour or semolina and ghee or butter for a melt-in-the-mouth texture.’ says Dina Macki, a food writer, recipe developer and presenter. ‘They are stuffed with dates or nuts. Families across the Middle East will make hundreds of these for Eid or Easter.’ See method

  • Makes 25
  • Takes 35 mins plus optional chilling
  • 114 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian


  • 210g plain flour
  • 50g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon ​
  • 170g unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 200g pack medjool dates, pitted

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    6g 8%
  • Saturates

    4g 18%
  • Sugars

    7g 7%
  • Salt

    0g 0%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 13.8g Protein 1.1g Fibre 1.2g


  1. Mix the flour, icing sugar and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Add the butter and use your hands to bring everything together in a smooth dough – there should be no flour left over. Cover with clingfilm and leave to rest.
  2. Meanwhile, put the dates in a food processor and blitz to a thick purée. Divide into 25 pieces and shape into balls.
  3. Divide the dough into 25 pieces (about 17g each), roll into balls, then flatten in your palm. Place a date ball in the centre, then wrap the dough around it. Smooth out, then flatten into a fat disc. Transfer to a plate lightly dusted with icing sugar; repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
  4. Use a ma’amoul mould, if you have one, to make patterns on the biscuits, or use a fork or cut-crystal glass. If you have time, transfer to the fridge for 1 hr to firm up.
  5. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Transfer to lined baking trays and bake the ma’amoul for 12-13 mins until the base is golden. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. Dust with more icing sugar to serve. Will keep for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

Freeze the dough only. Not suitable for freezing once baked

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