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Date Cookies

A long term project of mine is to learn to make several different kinds of Moroccan cookies.  Moroccan patisseries (cookie/tea shops) are chock-full of small bite-size cookies that can be bought by the plate or by the kilo.  There are women in communities who specifically make these cookies for celebrations.
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The one characteristic of these spreads is that they are time consuming, they really are.  Imagine making hundreds of tiny cookies – by hand!  For a large wedding the process takes several days.  One good thing is that not all of the cookies are actually baked – many are raw ingredients that are combined and shaped then eaten.  This recipe is fast and easy to pull together.

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Ingredients:

1c pitted dates (medjool are my favorite – sweet and soft)
1c blanched, toasted almonds OR 1c almond meal
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp orange blossom water
powdered sugar 


Directions:
If using whole almonds with skins – boil for 2-3 minutes, drain and squeeze individually to remove the skins.  Toast in a warm oven until browned.  Place in a food processor and process until broken down to a flour like mixture.  

Place dates (alone) in a food processor and blend until broken apart.  Add the almond meal and mix together.    It will come out as a crumbly mixture.  Turn out into a large bowl.  Add in the honey and orange blossom water and mix by hand.  Shape into balls about half the size of a golf ball.  Roll balls in powdered sugar to coat.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge (if they are not all eaten right away!)

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Amanda

Sunday 4th of July 2010

uk4dz - they are great! I've got some pecan meal that I plan to give it a shot with too!

uk4dz

Sunday 4th of July 2010

Oh wow - they sound delicious with combination of almond and date mixed together and so simple too. Love this!

Amanda in Rabat

Sunday 4th of July 2010

These look great- I love all the little cookies too. This is a nice recipe on hot summer days when you don't want to fire up the oven!