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Bassmaht Al’Arossah


1-1/2 ground almonds
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 tablespoons orange flower water plus more for dusting
1 cup chopped dates
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1-2 cups flour
2 cups powdered sugar (for dusting)


1. In a large mixing bowl, add almonds, dates, sugar, eggs, orange water, cinnamon, allspice, salt, oil, baking powder and baking soda, mix well. Gently add flour a small amount at a time until you get a dough consistency. Allow to sit in fridge covered at least 10 minutes.

2. On a lightly floured surface place dough. Make dough into small balls with hands roll into a sausage shape. Then shape into a crescent shape. Place cookies onto a greased baking sheet. Bake cookies at 350 F for 15-20 minutes, until golden.

3. Allow cookies to cool. With pastry brush orange flower water all over cookies, then roll in powdered sugar.

Yields: 2 dozen cookies

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