Ma’amoul Shortbread Cookies

Preparation info
  • Makes


    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      1 hr

Appears in
The Jewelled Kitchen

By Bethany Kehdy

Published 2013

  • About

These cookies are traditionally created using three beautiful wooden moulds, each engraved to identify their fillings.


  • 140 g/5 oz/1 cup semolina, plus extra for dusting
  • 35


  1. Put the semolina, farina, sugar and mahlab in a mixing bowl. Add the melted butter along with the orange blossom water and beat well. Knead the mixture for 3–4 minutes, working it into a pliable dough. Cover with cling film/plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the fillings. For the pistachio filling, put the pistachios, sug