My sweet cousin requested this recipe since I started my blog, I didn’t have time or chance though. I usually make these cookies or rolls after Ramadan , serve them in Eid . Actually became my speciality. I took this recipe from my mother in-law’s cousin, though i’ve been doing them for years now but nothing beats hers..♡♥.
Tomorrow we’re going to visit a friend from old school days so I thought i’ll take some with me. A homemade present is always heart warming. Hope she’ll like them.
Ingredients and method:
* 5 cups flour
* 4 cups whole wheat flour (طحين اسمر ).
* 1 cup vegetable oil.
* 1 cup olive oil.
* 1 cup margarine or ghee.
* seeded and ground dates (2-3 packs).
* 1/2 cup sugar.
* 1 tsp sodium bicarbonate.
* 2 big spoons ground anise (يانسون ).
* 1 big spoon ground fennel (شومر ).
* 1 big spoon cinnamon.
* 2-3 spoons sesame seeds and black seeds ( سسمسم وقزحه ).
* 1 small spoon mahaleb (محلب )
* mix all oils and spices with flour well till it forms crumbles and leave overnight so as flour absorbs all oils and essences.
* to the dates add olive oil, cinnamon, anise powder, nutmeg, cardamom . A little sprinkle just to add some flavor.
* add warm water to flour enough to make a dough 1-2 cups..it must be easy to handle not hard nor soft.
* cut dough and dates to four portions.
* roll one part of dough to a big thin rectangle between nylons.
* roll dates all to same size rectangle between wax paper or nylon.
* place date over dough and cut unorganized edges.
* roll dough and dates together 3 or 4 rolls.
* cut to 1 inch slices then pat with your hand to flatten them a bit.
* with a sharp knife cut surface to small lines.
* bake in a medium heated oven till bottoms are golden and then toast surface a bit.
* store in a cookie jar or well sealed box.