date walnut cookies

bob is not a cookie guy. Chocolate chips, regular or double chocolate, okay, but not many others get his attention and with aging, the chocolate chip cookie intake has become closely controlled compelled by his desire for survival. However, date walnut cookies made an impression. They seem to be a widespead tradition across the Middle East first made for bob to experience by Ani's aunt and later by her mom, also joint mother daughter production. Armenians, Lebanese, Turks, and later we discovered Palestinian friends, all with little recipe variations and names. Kombe cookies or Ma'amoul, often associated with the the major religion holidays of the region: Easter, Eid, Hannukah. Sometimestraditional  just dates, or just walnuts.

Dates and walnuts are good for you, although cookie dough not so much. Our local production does a few variations, in ingredients and shapes. One round hand shaped then squashoryingnd once ed to a sort of disk, another using a wooden cookie mold. From an Armenian language comtmunity cookbook of their home town Anjar, and once trying out a cookie dough recipe from a Middle Eastern big cookbook Anahid's Gourmet Cookbook, based on the advice of a relative who had tried this variation.


date-walnut filling
1/2 c toasted walnuts, then ground
13oz date paste
1 t cinnamon
1 T butter
cookie dough 1
 3 1/2 c flour
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c milk
2 eggs
1 cup butter. melted
2 t baking powder
cookie dough 2
 2 1/2 c flour
1/2 c  butter, melted
1/2 c vegetable oil
1 egg
1 T mahleb
3/4 c powdered sugar
4 oz cream cheese
1 t baking powder
4-5 T water


  1. Mash all the filling stuff together and shape into 3/4 in balls.
  2. Melt the butter.
  3. Dough 2 instructions:
    1. Put the flower in a bowl.Make a well in the middle and add the rest of the ingredients and knead into a soft and workable dough, adding a little water if needed.
    2. Make little dough balls around the filling balls and press into minimuffin pan wells. Maybe we need some expert advice for this step. See illustrations.
  4. Dough 1 instructions:
    1. Repeat previous instructions without the need for optional water.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 450 ° for as long as it takes to turn the top a golden brown?


  1. The cream cheese cookie dough is from Anahid's Gourmet Cookbook [Amazon].
  2. The rest of the recipe is from the Anjar Cookbook (2001).
  3. Illustrations available.
cookiedatewalnut.htm: 22-sep-2022 [what, ME cook? © 1984 dr bob enterprises]