This recipe is from another lady online, I tried finding her web page again to give her credit, but I have spent nearly an hour trying and have given up. So to let you know, this is not a recipe I came up with.
3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon black seeds
1/2 cup of each:
2 1/2 cups of mashed dates
1/4 teaspoon of each:
Ground Anise Seed
Whole Fennel Seeds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon milk
1/4 cup Sesame seeds
I use 2 packages of these pressed dates, each package has 13ozs of dates.
Take the dates out of the packaging.
Get your spices ready.
Combine dates and spices. If your dates are too sticky put a little butter or oil in it, knead well to make sure spices are evenly distributed.
Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and black seeds. Mix well.
*This was the first time I tried this recipe with black seeds, they are completely optional. I recommend NOT including them in the recipe.*
Beat eggs and butter in a separate bowl until well combined.
Add milk and oil and mix.
Add the wet mixture to your dry mixture.
Knead well, I use my hands as it seems the dough combines better this way.
Now that you have everything ready, begin dividing the dough and the filling into equal parts. I was able to get 36 pieces of the dough and 36 pieces of the date filling.
I usually have the dough about the size of a walnut.
How it should look when you have divided everything into equal parts.
*You should turn on your oven at 350F*
Take the dough and form into a rectangle. Then take the date filling and role into a rope.
Wrap the dough around the filling.
Roll until you have reached your desired length and thickness.
Connect the ends to make your shape.
Mix your egg, milk, and vanilla to make your egg wash. Beat well!
Brush cookies with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
You must use the egg wash or else your sesame seeds will not stay on the cookies when you go to store them!
Bake at 350*F until bottoms are browned, if the top is not brown turn the broiler on and brown the tops until golden.
The finished product!
Enjoy with coffee, tea, or milk!