My Ultimate Spiced Date Ring Cookies  “Ka’ak Bl Ajwa”
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Ingredients

  • Spiced Date Ring Cookies ‘Ka’ak Bl Ajwa”
  • recipe makes around 100 cookies 2 cups(0.75 lb)(340 gm) semolina
  • 8 cups(2.20 lb)(1000 gm)(1 kg) all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups shortening (softened butter, ghee, or oil) preferable if third butter(soft), third ghee or Crisco (melted), and third olive oil
  • 1 \2 cup(115 gm)(4 oz) icing sugar
  • 1 \2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 \2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Mahlab , ground (black cherry kernels) (available at Middle Eastern stores)
  • 1 \2 tsp gum arabic, ground (Arabic miska)
  • 1 \2 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tbsp black Nigella seeds – the black seed
  • 3 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 \4 cup dried milk powder
  • 2 tbsp ground anis seeds plus 1 tbsp whole seed
  • 2 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tbsp baking powder (use only baking powder if you like it to crunch otherwise you can add 1\2 tsp dry yeast with 3 tbsp warm water and 1 tbsp sugar, this will make it less crunchy)
  • 1 \4 cup of rose-water + orange blossoms
  • about 1 cup tap water or you can use milk if you don’t like the dried
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  • Directions
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  • First day
  • In a large bowl, add the semolina and the melted ghee or shortening (Crisco is a good choice, I always prefere to use it), mix. Cover and leave for ten hours, or overnight.

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