Bibas family’s dates maamol


For the dough:

4 cups of flour
1+1/2 cups almond meal
300 grams of cold butter cut into cubes
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup canola oil
1 bag of baking powder (1 tablespoon)
2 bags of vanilla sugar (2 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon of rose water (those who like it, but you can skip it)

For the filling:

1 box of date spread
1 package of vacuum packed dates
1 cup of coarsely chopped nuts
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon


Preparation of the filling

Check that there are no pits in the package of dates in a vacuum – you can cut it into cubes and check each cube by lightly kneading it. Then mix in the food processor (or by hand) all the stuffing ingredients. I personally prefer to put all the ingredients through a meat grinder (through the medium hole grid).

After the filling ingredients are well mixed, form small balls with a diameter of about 1.5 cm and place them on a tray.

Preparing the dough

In the mixer bowl, process the butter with the flour, vanilla sugar, baking powder and almond meal using a guitar hook until a crumbly mixture is obtained. Add the water and oil to processor until you get a dough.

Make balls from the dough slightly smaller than the size of a ping-pong ball. The number of dough balls should match the number of date balls.


Flatten the ball of dough with your hand to create a slightly concave pita, and place a ball of dates in the center. Close around so that the ball of dates is completely wrapped in dough. Roll to form a round ball and place on the tray. Repeat the operation with all the dough balls and dates.

You can design with a special tool that creates a pattern on the outer ball (can be found in baking equipment stores). You can also design with a special tweezer and decorate around.


Bake in an oven preheated to 175 degrees for about fifteen minutes until the cookies are lightly golden. Take out and cool. Store in a sealed box at room temperature. You can sprinkle powdered sugar on top, preferably according to the serving.

Recipe courtesy of Revital Uziel

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Yarden (34), Shiri (32), Ariel (4) and kfir (1) Bibas

Yarden (34), Shiri (32), Ariel (4) and kfir (1) Bibas

Yarden will always be the first to rush up and get up to offer his sit to someone else. He loves music, stand-up and animals so much. He found his beloved dog Tonto when he was an abandoned puppy at a bus stop and rushed to adopt him. Yarden is a big and strong guy with a gentle and sensitive soul and an extraordinary sense of humor. He knows how to laugh at himself and, by and large, about any subject. He manages to make everyone laugh, especially Shiri, even when she's the most nervous.

Shiri spent most of her life in Nir Oz. She was born and raised there and later also established her own house there with Yarden. She has a great sense of self-humor and you can laugh with her endlessly. Shiri is an artist and used to take part in the cultural events at the kibbutz and as the amazing and devoted mother that she is, even the elaborate costumes of the children are prepared by herself with great talent. She loves Robbie Williams, good meat and to laugh at every opportunity. Her friends say that it's fun to talk to her and catch her good energy or get good advice from her.

Four years ago, Yarden and Shiri became parents, when Ariel was born, or as Yarden calls him "the first Yemeni redhead". Ariel is a sweet and playful boy who loves superheroes and playing in the garden. He is crazy about tractors and cars and his red-head energy fills every room he enters in. A year ago, Ariel received a gift from his parents in the form of a little brother, Kfir. The smiling and calm baby, who lovingly embraces anyone who reaches out for a hug. His laugh melts hearts.

Shiri and Jordan were kidnapped from their home in Nir Oz together with her two small children - Ariel (4) and baby Kfir who was kidnapped when he was only 9 months old. On the same day Shiri was also orphaned by her parents who were murdered by Hamas. The family's beloved dog was also murdered. Little Kfir celebrated his first birthday in captivity.

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