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Thank you Chef #647749. Yes the recipe is missing Mahlab (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahlab) and definitely should not use white flour. Semolina #1 + #2 or #1 by itself and should be mixed with warm butter (or even better, warm clarified butter) and left at room temperature overnight. The next day orange blossom and rose water is added as needed to shape the dough. I will be posting my recipe here just in time for Easter. I will be nice and give this a "0". :-)
Please know that there are different versions of mamoul. One version uses just flour and has a shortbread texture and the other version uses flour and semolina(smeed) and has a more grittier texture. Some people put a small portion of anise and others dont. Just wanted to respond to the previous reviewers review. To let people know that there are DIFFERENT VERSIONS.
this recipe is so far off from the real maamool recipe. First of all, you NEVER use white flour...it is supposed to be #1 & #2 semolina combination, you are missing a lebanese spice and you need both the rose & orange blossom water. There is too much butter for this recipe as well. My score is zero...don't rely on this recipe if you are looking for authenticity and workability.
this is a great cookie recipe. i prepared it exactly as stated and it turned out perfectly. i was a little concerned about "sealing the opening" of the cookie once putting the date filling in but the batter was very malable. tasted a little like shortbread with date stuffing. very yummy! thanks bluemoon downunder.