Chocolate Ma’amoul

Chocolate Ma’amoul

Prep. 15 mins
Cooking 5 mins
Serving 4
Middle Eastern

INGREDIENTS Measurements

  Date Filling

2 cups soft dates, pitted and chopped
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or cardamom

  Nut Filling

2 cups ground walnuts or pistachios
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup rose water


1/2 cup milk
1 cup butter
2 cups semolina flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons orange blossom water
Icing (powdered) sugar, for serving (optional)

  For Garnish

Chocolate bars


  Date Filling

  • Mix dates, oil, sesame seeds, and cinnamon or cardamom to a paste.
  • Shape into small balls the size of hazelnuts.

  Nuts Filling

  • Mix walnuts or pistachios with sugar and rose water.


  • - Place butter and milk in a saucepan over medium heat, bring to a boil.
  • - Mix flour, semolina and sugar in a large bowl.
  • - Pour hot milk mixture over flour mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon until cool.
  • - Add orange blossom water and rub with your fingertips until fully incorporated.
  • - Cover with kitchen towel and let set for at least 3 hours (or preferably overnight).
  • - Preheat oven to 180˚C (350˚F).
  • - Knead dough by hand for 5 minutes until soft and pliable.
  • - Shape dough into walnut-size balls. Press thumb into balls to make cups.
  • - Fill cups with dates or a generous teaspoon of nut filling.
  • - Mold dough over filling, pressing seams to seal.
  • - Shape into discs, press into decorated molds, tapping them out onto a work surface.
  • - Arrange on a baking sheet, Bake on middle rack of oven for 25 minutes, or until golden.
  • - Cool completely.
  • - Place dark chocolate chips in a double boiler till it melt, set aside and let cool.
  • - Dip Ma’moul in melted chocolate, set on a rack with parchment paper underneath.
  • - Sprinkle with powdered sugar (if desired), arrange on a serving plate.

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