Moroccan food is delicious. Falafels, Chermoula, Baba Ganouj (not only an amazing roasted aubergine dip, but also the perfect name for my future French bulldog), pomegranates + dates FOR DAYS and the ever refreshing mint tea.
My all-time favourite Moroccan dish is Mescouta. Obviously, because I love cookies and because dates blow my mind (how could something so sweet AND so caramel-y be NATURAL!?) put them together and I am done.
Here for your enjoyment and not-so-guilty pleasure my recipe:
Mescouta AKA Moroccan Date Cookies AKA the best thing you will ever eat
Cooking time: 30 minutes Prep time: 15 minutes Makes: 20 cookies
- 6 eggs, beaten
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1t vanilla extract
- ½ cup of melted butter
- ¾ cup flour
- 1t baking powder
- 1 cup dates, pitted and chopped
- ¼ cup walnuts, finely chopped
- ¼ cup almonds, finely chopped
- 1 cup raisins
- Icing sugar to dust
- Preheat the oven to 180’C and grease a square cake tin with butter.
- In a mixing bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, vanilla and melted butter until well-blended. This should take about 2 minutes.
- Gradually stir in the flour and baking powder, a little at a time – stirring with a wooden spoon to blend.
- Add in the dates, walnuts, almonds and raisins. Mix well.
- Pour the mixture into the greased cake tin and bake for about 30 minutes or until slightly golden around the edges.
- Remove from the oven and, while still warm, cut into rectangular bars.
- Dust the icing sugar over the mescouta and enjoy!