STUFFED COOKIES – Pastry stuffed with nuts and dates
Festivals are fun. Festivals in India are very colorful. Whats your favorite festival/holiday?
It’s one of those festive weeks for Indians. It’s called Ganesh Pooja. The festival of THE ELEPHANT GOD.
Throughout India, people celebrate this festival. It’s colorful, bright, with people singing,chanting, music screaming everywhere, it’s a beautiful atmosphere.
Kids dress up in their new clothes, visit family and friends. It’s a time when people unite in streets to decorate and it’s a big grand affair.
Food. This festival is all about Food, ranging from sweets, savory and more sweets with more food.
Keeping that in mind, I’ve created this sweet/cookie.
A marriage between a Moon Cake and Maamoul and out comes offspring, GUJIA. There is no other way to explain this cookie. It all comes together quite well though, you’ll see.
I love moon cakes and moon cake molds, I think it is a genius piece of equipment. I enjoy cookies from all around the world, what’s not to love, they are buttery, sweet and there’s something for everyone.
The coating is a shortbread kind of pastry inspired by Lebanese Ma’amoul, made of semolina flour stuffed with nuts, dates and sweetened shredded coconut. The stuffing is almost like a laddu(Indian sweet), the coating is crispy and not too sweet.
It is a festival season, season to give and enjoy. They are perfect to wrap up and give as gifts.
Here is my ‘mix of cultures cookie’, for my favorite festival of the year.
NOTE:- YOU do not need a mold to make these cookies, I have given some simple alternatives in my recipe method…check #7.