Mamoul [ma'-mul] with pistachios. Handpicked pistachios chopped and filled inside our secret recipe of semolina dough and baked to perfection. Garnished with powdered sugar.
Mamoul [ma'-mul] with walnuts. A mouthwatering rounded semolina cookie with a rich and thick walnuts filling. Garnished with powdered sugar.
Mamoul [ma'-mul] with dates. Our traditional and ancient Middle Eastern cookie. Rounded and delicate semolina cookie richly filled with the world's finest dates. Each bile will invoke all your senses and melt in your mouth.
Karabij [ka-ra-beej] with pistachios. Handpicked pistachios chopped and filled inside our secret recipe of semolina dough and baked to perfection. Served with Natef, our sweet white dip. The crunchiness of the cookie combined with the sweetnesss of the Natef dip gives a delightful taste you’ll never forget.
Mamoul-Mad [maʻ-mul-mad] with pisctachio, Lebanese for "flattened cookies". Thick semi-chopped pistachios sandwiched between layers of flattened semolina dough and backed to excellence. We guarantee you a lip smacking taste that you’ll never forget.
Mamoul-Mad [maʻ-mul-mad] with walnuts, Lebanese for "flattened cookies". Flattened semolina dough covering from top and bottom a sweet walnut filling and baked to crispiness. Walnut lovers, watch out you’ll get addicted.
Mamoul-Mad [maʻ-mul-mad] with dates, Lebanese for "flattened cookies". The world’s finest dates filling sandwiched between our delicious semolina dough and baked to perfection. You’ll first experience the crunchiness of the dough and then the softness of the date filling.
Mamoul-Mad [maʻ-mul-mad] with Lebanese cream, Lebanese for "flattened cookies". Three layers of great taste. Flattened semolina dough covered with pistachio and filled with our Lebanese Kashta cream. The juiciness of the cream, the taste of pistachio, and the crispiness of the dough will leave a big smile on your face, you’ll be noticed.
Nammoura [nam-mou-rah]. A sweet semi-soft semolina cake garnished with pistachios and coconut flakes.
Sfouf [sfoo-fh]. It is cake, the Lebanese way! A thick spongy cake garnished with almonds with a unique taste.
Ghraybeh [ghray-beh]. Soft butter cookie garnished with pistachios. It is so soft and delicious it melts in your mouth at first bite.
What are Middle Eastern Cookies and Cakes?
Mamoul, Mamoul-Mad, Karabij and Ghraybeh are sophisticated Middle Eastern cookies. Whereas Mamoul and Mamoul-Mad are semolina cookies filled with either dates, pistachios, or walnuts, Ghraybeh is a butter cookie with a silky texture.
On the other hand, Nammoura (also called Basbousa) and Sfouf are Lebanese cakes. While Nammoura is an extra sweet and semi-soft semolina cake, Sfouf is a spongy and dry cake.
Mamoul (Middle Eastern cookies)
Mamoul is usually formed in the shape of balls or domes and filled with either dates, pistachios, or walnuts, and topped with powder sugar. It is also rarely filled with almonds or figs.
It is a variation on the original and classic Mamoul cookie.
"Mad" in Arabic means "flat", and thus it is a version where instead of having the semolina crust enclosing the dates or nuts filling, the filling is sandwiched between two layers of crust from top and bottom and thus exposed.
In addition to filling it with dates or nuts, Mamoul-Mad is also often filled with a special Lebanese cream called Kashta or Qashta.
Karabij is a special kind of Mamoul that has an oval shape, exclusively filled with pistachios, and served with a special white Lebanese cream called "Natef".
Nammoura and Basbousa are extra sweet semolina cakes soaked with sugar syrup.
Sfouf is cake, the Lebanese way. It is spongy, dry, and topped with almonds.
Mamoul (Middle Eastern cookies)
Mamoul, Mamoul-Mad, and Karabij Ingredients
All these cookies are made of semolina, sugar, butter ghee, rose water, yeast, and either dates, pistachios, or walnuts, depending on the filling chosen.
Middle Eastern cookies as well as Lebanese cakes are served as a dessert.
Bite size Mamoul is often offered with coffee or tea anytime during the day.
In Middle Eastern countries, Mamoul is a must have dessert during holidays as well as during the month of Ramadan.
Gifting Middle Eastern Cookies
In the Middle East, these nuts filled cookies are the gift of choice during holidays. Whether it is Eid El Fitr, Eid El Adha, Christmas, or Easter, they is the natural gift.
Popularity of Middle Eastern Cookies and Cake
Mamoul is popular in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Arabic Gulf region, Egypt (where it is usually filled with Lukum), Turkey, Armenia, Iran, Greece, and Pakistan.
Mamoul-Mad on the other hand is mostly popular in Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey.