Maamoul : A Homemade Dessert for All Occasions
In Quebec, we celebrate Christmas with a Yule
log and Easter with some chocolate eggs. In the Middle East,
maamoul are true stars of all festive gatherings. If you don't
know yet what they are, read on to learn more about this tasty
A Tradition Across Religions
Maamoul are small pastries prepared with fine semolina that
are traditionally homemade and shared with friends or family as
part of religious celebrations, including Easter for Christians,
Ramadan for Muslims, and Hanukka for Jews.
Traditional maamoul are small shortbread cookies, balls or
sometimes even flowers stuffed with pistachios, other nuts, dates,
or figs. Once cooked, they are dusted with powdered sugar and are
then served with coffee or tea.
A Suiting Name
The term "maamoul" comes from the Arabic verb "amala",
meaning "to do," which is extremely fitting seeing how making
maamoul cookies by hand or using a specially made wooden maamoul
spoon is an important part of the tradition!
Easy to Make at Home!
You can always buy maamoul in the
bakery section of your Marché Adonis, but know that you can also
easily make them yourself. Check out our recipe here
to make 45 maamoul cookies to enjoy with your family or share with
your loved ones!