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Walnut Mamoul

Earlier in the blog, I gave you the recipe for Russian Tea Cakes. They go by many names, including Swedish Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cakes, Sandies . . . the list is endless.

Yesterday at the Sultan Center, I saw a cookie called Walnut Mamoul. I have made Date Stuffed Mamoul with my friend before – is “mamoul” sort of a generic word for cookie? (biscuit?) The walnut mamoul look almost identical to the Russian Tea Cakes. In the tea cakes, you flatten the top somewhat, and the walnut mamoul had more of a dome shape, but everything else LOOKED identical, and we often make the Russian Tea Cakes with walnuts. I wonder if it is the same cookie?

December 17, 2006 - Posted by | Christmas, Cooking, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Holiday, Words

5 Comments »

  1. Ma3moul is not the generic word for cookie. We don’t really have cookies (like chocolate chip for eg) as part of the Arab culture so when we want to refer to a traditional American choc chip style cookie we actually say “cookie”. Otherwise, any other desert with a similar idea would be called “baskoot” which is an Arabized version of the English word, “biscuit”. As for Ma3moul (and the “3” here stands for that sort of gutteral “A” like in Abdulazeez or Ali) it’s a traditional Arabic desert. I am not sure what a Russian cookie tastes like so I don’t really know if it’s all that different.

    Personally, I would take your typical chocolate chip walnut & macadamia cookie over ma3moul any day. I don’t usually approve of desert without CHOCOLATE! 😀

    Comment by 1001 Nights | December 17, 2006 | Reply

  2. Zin . . .yeh, I’m getting a real impression here – if it’s not chocolate, don’t bother!

    You might like the Meringue Cookies with chocolate chips folded in. They are relative ly low sugar, and all the chocolate migrates to the center and melts there. Pretty cool.

    Now go back and write an ending for VOWS! (The rest of you need to visit Zin’s website, 1001 Kuwaiti Nights to read her newest work of fiction-in-progress.)

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 17, 2006 | Reply

  3. Hehehe thanks for marketing me hun 🙂
    I’m gonna thicken the plot a bit more before wrapping it up. You’re gonna have to be a little more patient heeeeheeeheee (*evil laughter*)

    Comment by 1001 Nights | December 17, 2006 | Reply

  4. I HAVE TO MAKE SOME MAMOUL, I NEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT SEMOLINE. DO I HAVE TO COOK IT BEFORE ? DO I HAVE TO PUT IT IN SOME WATER BEFORE START? PLEASE SOMEBODY HELP ME!

    Comment by cami fernandez | May 4, 2008 | Reply

  5. Cami, I think the mamoul I made were made with flour, not semolina. I am so sorry, I am not a native mamoul maker, only an apprentice!

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 4, 2008 | Reply


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