Date and Walnut Pockets

These tasty cookies are better known throughout the Middle East as ma’amoul and they are delicious. This isn’t a recipe I thought I would find in a “sandwich book” but when you look at it they really are just like a sandwich. Dough on either side with a filling! In Kicked Up Sandwiches, Emeril uses walnuts as his nut of choice however I opted to go with pistachios.  I love how dates, cardamom and pistachio come together. The exterior of the cookie is similar to shortbread with an ingredient you won’t find in any Middle Eastern versions (if you want to see how the original recipe comes together check out this post from my friend Holly)

You can but these neat little molds throughout the Arab world.  They are how the intricate patterns show up on the cookies. As you can see from my picture I don’t have one of these lying around, so instead I just crimped the edges with a fork.  These are a really great recipe to have for Eid. I really think the most important part of this recipe is the powdered sugar. I placed all the cookies in an air tight container and sprinkled in about 1/4 c of confectioner’s sugar. Then I (carefully!) tipped the container upside down and sideways until the cookies were coated. Because MarocBaba can’t eat these I had to test them out. It just so happened I was cooking for our mosque yesterday and decided there was no where better to do a trial run than in a roomful of Arabs who grew up eating these cookies.  I received many compliments and most people came back for seconds!

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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post however I did receive the Kicked-Up Sandwiches Cookbook for free in order to participate.  I will not be sharing the complete recipe for each sandwich as this compromises the integrity and intellectual property of the cookbook author.  If you would like the complete recipe for this sandwich, cookbooks can now be ordered. 


  1. I love a curry chicken salad sandwich!

  2. My favorite sandwich is tuna salad!

  3. I love dates and walnuts and doughty sweet things so this sounds like something that I must eat.

  4. My favorite sandwich is a philly cheesesteak! yum!

  5. My favorite is the BLT club.

  6. Beautiful job! These are on my to-make list.

  7. Sheila K. says:

    I love a turkey club sandwich!

  8. This recipe caught my eye, too. I guess I’ll have to try them out! Love the molds – I would love one of those!

  9. What a yummy treat! And those molds are SO cool! I own that same placemat :)

    PS…my favorite sandwich is a Reuben

  10. I love turkey, tomato, and avocado sandwiches!

  11. Those sounds absolutely amazing!


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