For yeast mixture
2 tsp of yeast
2 tbsp of sugar
1/2 cup warm milk
For cookie dough
4 cups of plain flour
1 tsp of salt
1/2 cup milk
1 egg and 1 egg white
1/2 cup unsalted melted butter
For inside cookie date mixture
1 cup of dates
1/2 cup of walnuts
1 tbsp of cardamom powder ( if desired )
For finishing touches....
1 egg yolk to brush on cookies to make it golden at the end!
Sesame seeds ( if desired)
Step 1: Prepare the yeast mixture
First, mix 2 tablespoon of sugar, yeast and half cup warm milk (so that it is warm but does not burn the finger) and cover it. Allow 10 minutes for the action to take place.
Step 2: Prepare the date cookie dough
While the yeast mixture is warm, pour the cold melted butter, eggs , salt and 1/2 cup warm milk into a suitable bowl and mix with a fork. Sift flour, salt three times and set aside. Then add 3/4 of the flour to the ingredients and stir until thoroughly mixed And turn into a paste. Add the rest of the flour until the dough does not stick to your hands.
Place the dough on a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes and transfer to a greased bowl and cover and place in a warm place for 1 hour and a half until the dough doubles in volume.
Step 3: Prepare the date mixture
You can prepare the date mixture while the dough is resting. You can leve If your dates have skin, put them in warm water and peel them after 10 minutes. Then pour half a glass of boiling water on the peeled dates and put it on a gentle heat to soften the dates. When the water is completely evaporated, remove from the heat and add the cardamom and walnuts and mix thoroughly. Set aside to cool
Step 4: Make the cookies
After the date cake dough has doubled in size , knead it a little so that the puff is asleep. Then divide it into sixteen parts, take the dough and open it in the palm of your hand. Put some date mixture in the middle of the dough and gather it. Spread the dough again on the palm of your hand and make scissors from the perimeter to the center of the cake with scissors. Of course, cut the remaining one centimeter to the center of the cake.
Grease the oven tray or use a oven paper on the tray and put the date cookies on it. Cover them and let them rest for another 20 minutes. Mix the egg yolk together and brush on the cookies. Sprinkle sesame seeds on them and put them in a preheated oven at 180 ° C. 20 to 25 minutes is enough time to bake the cookies. After complete cooking, is the cookies haven't turned golden, turn on the grill and grill the date cookies for 4 minutes until they are golden.