About the Maamoul Cookie
Mahlab, also known as Mahlepi, is an aromatic spice, similar to rose water, orange blossom water, mistika, and incense made from acacia trees. This spice is one of the key flavoring used in the dough as well as the filling that makes maamoul unique.
How is the Maamoul Cookie Prepared?
Traditional maamoul is made with yeasted semolina flour, farina, butter, rosewater, orange blossom water and sugar. After making the dough, maamouls are usually filled with either pistachios, walnuts or dates. Maamouls are traditionally molded using wooden molds, with each mold shape indicating a different filling. Some of the traditional shapes for each filling are:
- Round with a flat top for date maamouls
- Round with a cone shaped top for walnut maamouls
- Oval shaped for pistachio maamouls
If you don't have a mold, there are several other ways to shape the maamouls using different kitchen utensils. Alternatively, they can also be shaped in any way you like!
Finally, after the maamouls are baked, the pistachio and walnut maamouls are sprinkled with powder sugar.
Maamouls with a Twist
Today, many households and pastry shops are giving Maamouls a modern touch. One of the most famous modern maamoul recipe is filling the maamoul with chocolates.
Additionally, some people stuff it with sweet cheese and instead of enjoying the maamoul cold, they serve it hot with sugar syrup on top. Think of it as a mix between Knafeh and Maamoul!
Maamouls at Sarkis Pastry
At Sarkis Pastry, we offer all 3 traditional Maamouls; filled with pistachio, walnut or date. However, we have 2 different sizes. Out big Maamouls are sold by the piece and our mini Maamouls are sold by the pound if in-store and by tray if shipped. Our Maamouls are also available for delivery!
Additionally, we also offer Maamoul Madd; which is the same recipe as a regular maamoul but comes square shaped. Maamoul Madd comes in two layers of our famous maammoul cookie crust filled with either pistachios, walnut or dates.
If you have any questions or inquiries about our Maamouls and how to put your order in, you can contact any of our branches and our sales associates will always be ready to assist you.