This is Mom's very own family recipe. These little cookies, also called 'Fateer bel Agwa' in Arabic, melt in your mouth and are very delicious. Traditionally we eat these and other pastries during the holidays with our morning coffee or afternoon tea. Now I make them year round because they are so good and do not need to mark any holiday or festival. The dough is not particularly sweet because the dates are rich and sweet on their own. You can serve them plain as pictured or you can dust them with powered sugar as another variation called Kahk. Now make yourself a nice cup of tea and have one or two or three of these cookies and enjoy!
2 and 1/4 cup flour
1 and 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp anise
1 tbsp instant yeast, dissolved in 1/4 cup water with 1.5 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp milk
baking dates, pitted and mashed
In a glass cup, dissolve the yeast in the water/sugar mixture. Set aside for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix the flour, melted butter, and anise together. Add in the yeast mixture. Stir with a wooden spoon to form a soft dough. Add the milk. Use your hands to form a dough.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Grab a piece of dough. Use your thumb to create a little dip in the dough then fill with the dates. Shape into a ball, flatten, make a small slit in the middle, then place on the baking sheet. Once all are done, cover the baking sheet with a dry towel and let rise overnight. The following morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 18-20 minutes just until slightly golden.
Let cool completely before eating. Store in a airtight container.
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