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Mamool Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup quick-cooking farina

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Dash ground cloves

1 cup butter or margarine, softened

2 Tbs. water

1/4 tsp. orange blossom water

1/4 cup chopped walnuts (or pistachios, almonds or dates)

1 Tbs. sugar

Powdered sugar

Stir together flour, farina, nutmeg and cloves. In large mixer bowl, beat butter or margarine on medium speed of electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add half of the flour mixture to butter; beat on low speed of electric mixer till well mixed. Add remaining flour mixture, water, and orange blossom water alternately to beaten mixture; beat till mixture is well mixed. Divide dough into 12 pieces.

On a lightly floured surface, pat each piece to a circle 2-1/2 inches in diameter. Combine walnuts and sugar. Place about 1 teaspoon of the nut mixture in center of each circle. Fold over and press edges together to seal. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 oven for 30 to 35 minutes or till done. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Roll in powdered sugar. Makes 12.

From "Better Homes and Gardens Classic International Recipes"

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