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Ma’amoul: An iconic Eid cookie

المعمول ... الطبق الرئيسي للاحتفال بالأعياد

12 MAY 2020


Source: Nadeen Al-Wazani

Ma’amoul is a Saudi-style shortbread or cookie usually stuffed with dates and sometimes filled with pistachios, almonds or walnuts. This pastry, which melts in your mouth, is very popular during the holidays, especially Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha.

Also called Eid cake, ma’amoul is usually served with a cup of Arabic coffee. Each country has its own way of preparing Ma’amoul, and there are many different recipes ranging from those that use yeast-based dough to those that incorporates baking powder. Some recipes use all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, or even semolina with differing coarseness.

Since making these little sculpted cookies is long and requires the use of special wood or plastic molds, the Saudi tradition is that family members, neighbors or siblings gather to prepare ma’amoul in large quantities, using different fillings and shapes. This is usually done over the last days of Ramadan in preparation for Eid Al-Fitr. Wafy provides you with a traditional recipe below – you should achieve a crumbly texture and a beautiful shape.


  • Two and a half cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • Half a cup of icing sugar
  • Half a cup of butter
  • A quarter cup of ghee
  • 1 egg
  • Dates paste



1. Add the butter, sugar and ghee in a bowl and continue to whisk.

2. Add the egg, vanilla, and dry ingredients.

3. Knead the mixture until the dough is firm.

4. The dough is rolled by hand and placed in the mold to make the desired shape.

5. Stack in a short-edge oven tray and pop into the oven for 15 minutes.

6. Decorate with icing sugar when serving.