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ARMENIAN SPICE COOKIES WITH A TWIST "
COOKIES FILLED WITH DATES AND PEANUT BUTTER Cookie-base
2-1/2 cups A/P flour ½ cup fine semolina ¾ cup sugar ¾ tbsp baking powder ½ tsp each: ground cinnamon, cloves, mahlab, nutmeg Dash sea salt
2 eggs 1 cup milk ½ cup vegetable oil
Preheat oven 3250F. Prep middle rack and parchment-lined sheet pan.
Measure and add all dry ingredients into a large bowl. Whisk together
the liquid ingredients; fold wet and dry ingredients together.
Bring the cookie dough together and make a boule. Wrap in plastic wrap, allow to rest in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the date and peanut butter filling.
Date and peanut butter paste filling
1-1/2 heaping cups dates, chopped ¼ cup peanut butter, or more to taste 2 tbsp orange honey 1 tbsp vegetable oil
Place all ingredients in heavy duty mixer. Process until mixture
becomes a pasty ball. Wrap in plastic wrap, place in refrigerator, until
ready to use.
Forming the cookie On a clean work surface, using a rolling pin, roll out the date and peanut butter paste to about 4” x 12”; set aside. Roll out the cookie dough into a rectangular 12” x 15” or a bit larger pending on how thick you want to cookie.
Place the date and peanut butter paste roll at the closest edge of the
12” rectangular cookie dough, and roll, jelly-roll style.
Place seam-down, then cut ¾” thick slices, and place each slice face up on parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Bake in preheated 3250F oven for 15-18 minutes or until top is lightly golden.
Remove from oven. Place them immediately on cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before storing.