Recipe by Dreamer in Ontario
This cookie is one of Iraq's famous sweets. Recipe source: Toronto Star website. Time to make does not include 1 hour standing time. The time to make is an estimate. I didn't write it down when I made these cookies.
Top Review by Wish I Could Cook
I really liked these cookies! Such a unique flavor and so addicting. I used soft dates and sort of made my own paste. Then I haved the dough recipe and ended up with leftover date paste. So I blended it with soy milk and had a wonderful smoothie! Really liked the cardamon and cloves. It's not a flavor combo that I'm used too. But I will be soon, because it was so good. Next time I'm going to slice the cookies about 1/2 an inch thick because when they puffed up during baking, they were just a bit too big. overall a 5-star recipe all the way!
- 1 lb dried dates, finely chopped (dried pressed dates)
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup shortening
- 1⁄4 cup milk
Directions See How It's Made
- In saucepan, combine dates, butter, water, cardamom and cloves.
- Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes or until dates become a paste.
- Let stand at room temperature 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, in mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Make a well; add shortening and milk. Knead into dough, adding more flour or milk if necessary.
- Divide dough into 4 parts then roll, one at a time, to about 1/4-inch thickness.
- Divide date paste into 4 parts and roll each out, between sheets of wax paper, to match dough size.
- Remove wax paper; place date layer on dough. (If date paste is too soft, gently spread each portion on dough with knife.)
- Roll into cylinder, jellyroll style.
- Slice rolls into 1-inch pieces and place on greased baking sheet.
- Bake in preheated 325F oven 35 minutes or until cookies begin to turn golden brown.
- Let cool.