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Delicious Recipe for Walnut Crescent Cookies


Another Ramadan Treat That Can be Eaten Anytime of the Year


One of the favorites of Ramadan, is Date Mamoud or Cake of Eid. These are served on the same platter with the many cookies served at the holiday after Ramadan.

The holy month of Ramadan brings many treasures and pleasures. None of those rewards at the holidays, after Ramadan can match walnut cookies. They are delicate with a hint of heaven. They are crunchy with the right spices and yes they are very easy to make.

Traditions in Ramadan are many and these are generally served with some nice hot Arabic coffee which is regular Persian Coffee, without any sugar. A guest who refuses to drink some Arabic coffee, has insulted the host. So when in Rome, do as the Romans do.

 

Dough

  • 1 8 ounce package of cream cheese (any band)
  • 2 sticks of butter or margarine at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 tablespoon of sugar
  • 6 cups of whole wheat flour (alternative would be to use half white and half whole wheat)
  • dash of salt
  • 3/4 cup of cold water ( try this slowly to see if you need this all)
Put all of the above ingredients in a bowl and mix very well. After wards, roll into a log, at least 10 inches long. Wrap in some plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator. Keep this in
Filling

  • 1/2 stick of butter or margarine
  • 1/4 kilo of walnuts ground to a slight chunky state
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup of milk plus one tablespoon
  • 1 t. vanilla
Directions:

  1. Place all the filling ingredients in a bowl and mix well. The walnuts can be placed in a plastic bag and with a rolling pin, hit the bag until the walnuts are small but still have some chunks. You can substitute some almond milk in place of the regular milk.
  2. Using just a part of the dough, roll out to very thin circles. Placing a small amount of the filling on each circle and seal tightly with your fingers. Place on a well greased cookie sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes in a preheated oven of 350 degrees. Check the cookies oven to make sure they are lightly brown and that they do not burn.
  3. Remove from the oven and quickly sprinkle with some confectioner's sugar. Let these cookies cool and then place them in a air tight container to store. You can freeze these delights but many homes will not have any to freeze.
Note: An alternative to using the traditional confectioner's sugar is to use regular sugar that has been ground up to a fine mixture. Take the sugar and place in a coffee grinder or a blender and grind to a white powdery texture.


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