Ohhhh, holidays! There is nothing more exciting than anticipation of holidays. You can almost feel the sparks in the air while children are impatiently jumping around, asking the same question for the zillion of times, and adults, too, somehow are more relaxed, smiling all the time. As if the blessings from above calm even the most restless soul on the Earth.
Every region has that staple holiday cookie that makes family gatherings so more special and maybe stimulates the invisible competition between the family cooks.
Maamoul is a must have holiday cookie during Eid celebrations in the Middle East.
This transports me way back to the time when I made my first batch of maamoul. It was a DISASTER!!!!!! Somehow I miss wrote the ingredients; or maybe, just maybe, that special someone that gave me the recipe "accidentally" left out one simple but important ingredient: H2O. So my first maamouls were a greasy mess filled with deliciously spiced dates. In the years to come I tried new recipes, retried the old ones, and in the end perfected my own that gives my family heavenly goodness each time I pull out a tray of baked maamouls from the oven.
It doesn't take much to trigger the holiday ambiance at home. Just smelling the essence of that special holiday cookie, pie baking in the oven, or that special staple holiday dish cooking on the stove top can magically create holiday's spirit, recall holiday memories, and put a calm smile on our faces any day of the year. It starts with: "Mmmh, what smells so good?" Continues with all family hanging out in the kitchen, impatiently anticipating for the cookies to be out of the oven. But the hardest part is waiting for them to cool down. And bringing the family together is always making me incredibly content.
Every family has that exclusive holiday recipe that is passed down from generation to generation, from mothers to daughters... I can hardly wait when time comes and I will proudly pass my maamoul recipe to my wonderful daughter Sara. Luv ya girl ^_^