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Date and Walnut Pockets 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. 

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Amanda Mouttaki

Curious world traveling, mom of two busy boys, foodie at heart, addicted to social media and lover of all things Moroccan.

  • Johanna

    October 23, 2012 #2 Author

    I love a curry chicken salad sandwich!


  • Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies

    October 23, 2012 #3 Author

    My favorite sandwich is tuna salad!


  • Tavia

    October 22, 2012 #4 Author

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


  • Madison

    October 22, 2012 #5 Author

    My favorite sandwich is a philly cheesesteak! yum!


  • Donna L

    October 21, 2012 #6 Author

    My favorite is the BLT club.


  • Carrie @ poet in the pantry

    October 21, 2012 #7 Author

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


  • Sheila K.

    October 21, 2012 #8 Author

    I love a turkey club sandwich!


  • Lucy

    October 21, 2012 #9 Author

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


  • Liz

    October 21, 2012 #10 Author

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

    PS…my favorite sandwich is a Reuben


  • Jen @JuanitasCocina

    October 20, 2012 #11 Author

    I love turkey, tomato, and avocado sandwiches!


  • Kimberly

    October 20, 2012 #12 Author

    Those sounds absolutely amazing!


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