Ma’amoul are the holiday cookie par excellence in this part of the world; every family has the designated maamoul maker and in mine we luckily had a grandmother who would make them and decorate them by hand.
I have already posted both recipes and a video-clip on how to make them. They are easy just time-consuming; in the above photos these are from my favorite spot in all of Lebanon, Deir el-Qamar in the Chouf Mountains. This year I discovered a new type of cookie (the large one on the right) which I was told is traditional to this town and is totally sugar-free and made with ghee. Every maamoul shape is symbolic so when I find out why these are so large and sugarfree, I will post it.
Spring is a magical time here in Lebanon, with flowers and buds popping up everywhere.