March 31, 2013  •  Category:


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. 

Happy holiday!


Spring is a magical time here in Lebanon, with flowers and buds popping up everywhere. 

unknown wildflower in Chouf


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  1. Rosa says:

    So tempting! That is a cookie I adore.

    Happy Easter!



  2. ahu says:

    oh my gosh, i LOVE maamoul! i buy them from a middle eastern store in NYC and they come individually wrapped and always keep a couple on me for a snack. I love the date ones, never tried almond. will definitely have to give your recipe a go!

  3. zerrin says:

    Mamul is a childhood favorite for me! There used to be vendors selling it on streets. It’s interesting that it’s very rare in Turkey now! I must learn it myself! I’ll go check your recipe! Love all the shapes here! Your grandma must be so talented to shape these with hands!

  4. Belinda @zomppa says:

    Mmm – these are beautiful – not just to look at, but the flavor!

  5. Kiran @ KiranTarun.c says:

    I’ve never had maamoul!! I need this in my life. It looks so delish 🙂

  6. Judi says:

    Lovely! What do they taste like?

    • Joumana says:

      @Judi: the shell is crumbly and buttery like a shortbread and flavored with rose and orange blossom water; the filling varies according to the shape and could be date paste or pistachio paste or walnut or almond paste, to name the traditional fillings.

  7. Stamatia says:

    I’ve gotten these in the past from a Lebanese lady who comes to our farmer’s market with various savory Lebanese treats, plus namoura and baklava…I’d hoped I’d see some this Easter since I think she’s Christian, but I didn’t see any on Saturday! So disappointed!

  8. Michelle Trudy Holtz says:

    I really wish that American cookies were this awesome! I’ll have to try to make them myself! Thank you!

  9. Susan says:

    That is so interesting about every family having their own maamoul shape. I will look forward to learn more about the sugar free one.

    What glorious, spring photos. I think Wisteria is one of my favorite flowers. I just wish we could grow them here.

  10. s says:

    hope you had a wonderful Easter, J. maamoul are my favourite – i have always used Claudia Roden’s fool-proof recipe – shall try yours, too. x s

  11. Georgia says:

    Beautiful plate of ma’amoul. I am very interested in the sugarfree cookie recipe because of many diabetic members of my family. I always feel sorry that they feel a bit left out when we enjoy sweet treats.

  12. Amy (Savory Moments) says:

    Tasty looking cookies and lovely spring flowers!

  13. Georgia says:

    Thank you Joumana for supplying the sugarfree maamoul cookie recipe.
    Will we ever get so lucky as to see you presenting a food demo around the US? Thank would be a pleasure.

  14. T.W. Barritt says:

    I love the different shapes and designs – so interesting that they all have symbolic meaning and are tied to different towns and locations.

  15. Needful Things says:

    These are favorite cookies at my house – especially the walnut ones with orange blossom water. Have you posted a recipe for those? Even though i’ve bought a ma’amoul mould, I’ve never gone as far as actually making them from scratch. Maybe soon!

  16. Sharon says:


    I am an American/Lebanese. My Sitto made everything by hand as your did. I love Lebanese food and try to recreate it myself. It is never as good as my Sitto’s.

    I remember her making the cookie that is on the bottom of the plate. I don’t know the name of them and have been unlucky in trying to find one. Can you help? They were my absolute favorite. After baked they are dipped in the same syrup as baklava. Any help would be abundantly appreciated.

    Thank you for sharing your recipes.

    • Joumana says:

      @Sharon`; I have been trying to find out what they are called and a friend told me she’d let me know; when i find out i will pass it along 🙂

  17. Sharon says:


    Thank you! I can’t wait see if you can discover the name of these delicious cookies!!!

  18. Sharon says:


    I wondered if you have had any luck finding a recipe for the cookie we discussed a week or two ago?

    Thank you,

    • Joumana says:

      @Sharon: I am sorry I am recovering from surgery and have not had any time to think about incidental things; thanks for your understanding.

  19. Sharon says:


    I completely understand. Hope you are healing and getting stronger everyday.


  20. Lola E. says:

    I think the pastries that Sharon is talking about, are called ” Qatayef ” or ” Shaabiyyat “??

    • Joumana says:

      @Lola E. “qatayef” are thick crêpes, made especially for Ramadan; filled with either clotted cream or nuts (delish!). Shayyibiyate are pastries made with phyllo dough into triangles, filled with a custard made with milk and semolina and doused with syrup after baking, also delicious!

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