Arabic Pastries – Mamool

 I love Mamool .Mamool are shortbread pastries filled with dates and nuts and spices, traditional to the  Arab world.

Commercial and traditionally Mamool are made with white flour. However if we can avoid eating white flour and eat wholemeal instead is better  for the heart, blood and cholesterol. I will. White flour is  not Islamic; not part of the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. 

hhh mamool poster fini

 We have made them before without a mould but this time courtesy of Green Valley off Edgeware Road, my favourite Lebanese supermarket, we have these wonderful wooden moulds.

 So complete with beautiful wooden moulds, I gave Karimah Cuisina team the task of making whole meal Mamool from my new signature recipe. So far the feedback from a couple of princes has been “beautiful, delicious and tasty!” mashallah!


For the pastry

500g stoneground wholemeal flour

250 g butter, cut into ice cube like chunks

30 g honey

7tablesppons of rosewater

15 tablespoons of milk, we use almond milk

Icing sugar for sprinkling afterwards


225g dates, de-seeded and chopped

174 g walnuts

115 g blanched almonds

50g pistachio nuts

½ cup water

1’/2 cup honey

2 tsp. cinnamon


  • Pre-heat oven to gas mark3, 160C/325F
  • First get on with the filling
  • De-stone and chopped dates
  • Place all nuts in processor and grind, not too fine, nice to have a few chunky bits
  • Place dates and nuts in saucepan , add dates and nuts, sugar and water and stir on low  medium heat till the dates are soft and the water is absorbed, should take about 10 minutes in the meantime make the pastry
  • Now as we found, wholemeal needs more fluid than white unrefined bleached flour
  • Place flour in bowl and add chopped butter and work together rubbing through finger tips. This combination of pastry is not as dry looking as you would get for crumble, its more fatty.
  • Pastry Crumbs
  • Add rosewater and half of the milk, you will need the rest of the milk as you go along as in the process the dough becomes dry and needs the milk to bind it together
  • The date mix should be ready by now, turn heat off and leave to cool down so it’s workable, that means warm.
  • Flour your work surface and dust a little flour inside the  Mamool mould.
  • Break off  a piece of dough like large golf ball and roll flat to about ½ “ inch thick
  • The moulds we are using are about 3”/ 7 cm in diameter, if you using the smaller mould  use a regular gold ball size piece of dough.
  • Mamool Moulds
  • Roll dough flat and press into centre of mould gently
  • Using teaspoons add 1 heap spoon of filling inside pastry in mould
  • Mamool Filling
  • Trim edges and bring narrow outside edge up first then the wider longer flaps over so that all the filling is enclosed
  • Mamool -Flap Then Press
  • Turn the mould over unto the surface and press down
  • Turn the mould on it’s side and bang gently and the uncooked Mamool should come out
  • If it doesn’t come out easily , your pastry may need a bit more flour or your mould needs a bit more flour in it
  • Place on lightly buttered baking tray and bake for exactly 15 minutes
  • If they go brown when they cook the  pastry will be rock hard, so keep an eye on them
  • When they have cooled down,  dust with icing sugar
  • Mamool - Cool Under Cover
  • Put the  kettle on and think of Arabian nights and magic carpets.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. A reader says:

    Thank you for posting this suggestion, I hate to burden you with more jobs but may I suggest that you alter some other of the popular Middle Eastern / North African sweets recipes in this way, and also how to swap the sugar for another ingredient.

    1. thank you for your comment, have changed sugar for honey

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