Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ma' amoul

On my very first day of work at King Arthur Flour, I met Karen. We started training the on the same day and shared many what-the-heck-is-going-on-I-am-going-to-mess-this-up-so-badly looks with each other.  One evening after work, Karen graciously invited me over for dinner with her family. I was introduced to her husband and three boys before we all sat down to beautiful meal prepared by Karen. Since that first supper, I started inconspicuously forcing myself upon Karen and her family. I now regularly show up for amazing meals and quality evenings. Fortunately, they don't seem to mind an extra body. Or are too kind to tell me to go away...

This past Friday, Karen was busy baking a whole slew of cookies. When I arrived at her home that evening, she was pulling a batch of Rugelache out of the oven and the house smelled of cinnamon joy.

After dining on yet another delicious meal - goat cheese risotto and butter roasted shrimp - I was able to help Karen make a final cookie. We made a traditional Lebanese cookie called Ma' amoul. Ma' amouls are built from a buttery dough and a spicy nut filling. We stuffed the nut filling into dough, then pressed the mounds into a special spoon.

After the cookies were baked and cooled, Karen dusted them with powdered sugar for the finishing touch.

Karen allowed me a few to take home to Iowa for my family to taste. Thank-you Karen!


  1. Those are absolutely gorgeous! And that dinner sounds amazing. I'm going to have to meet Karen! :-)
    Merry Christmas!

  2. I concur, dinner sounds amazing and those cookies are so beautiful! Wooden spoon mold = awesome!

  3. Karen's family can't WAIT to taste them in person :).. Thanks for the wonderful blog about my sister. We LOVE her and her cooking too!!! Teresa