Mamool is a Lebanese filled butter cookie made during the holidays. My husband, Dana, is of Lebanese descent, his grandparents coming from Lebanon. As a child, Dana loved watching and helping his mother cook. Food is also a common bond with his relatives and relives lots of childhood memories. When our children were young and with their help, Dana began making mamool and giving it out as a gift at Christmas. It begins with a butter cookie dough , filled with nuts and dates, and molded with a special wooden mold sold in Lebanese food stores. The cookie is then baked.
I used these mamool molds to make stamps to press into the clay. The design is highlighted by the way the glaze pools,” breaks”, and glistens. Each piece is a bit different.