Time: 30 minutes + 1 hour rise time | Servings: 20 cookies | Rating: ★★★☆☆
For the Dough
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup butter, melted
- ½ tablespoon active dry yeast
- ½ tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 ½ tablespoons water
- ½ tablespoon fennel seeds
For the Date Paste
- 2 cups dried dates
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, ground
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- ½ cup water, approximately
For the Assembly
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 egg yolk
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix 2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour, ½ tablespoon of active dry yeast, ½ tablespoon fennel seeds, 1 teaspoon of salt, and ½ tablespoon of granulated sugar.
- Dig a well in the center of the flour mixture and mix in ½ cup of melted butter.
- While kneading at low speed, gradually add water 2 tablespoons at a time and knead for 2 minutes until the dough comes together. The dough should be soft and slightly sticky
- Cover the dough with a cloth and let it rise for one hour in a warm, dry place.
- While the dough is rising, put 2 cups of dried dates, 1 teaspoon of ground cardamom, 1 teaspoon of ground fennel seeds, and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a small pan and warm over a medium-low heat until the dates soften and the mixture starts to stick together as a bit of a ball. Add some water to thin it to a jam-like consistency, a tablespoon at a time as it will depend on how soft the dates were.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Once the dough has risen, divide it into 2 pieces and spread the first piece of dough into a rectangle about ¼ inch thick.
- Using an offset spatula , spread ½ of the date paste evenly over the dough covering it all the way from edge to edge.
- Starting from the largest part of the rectangle, roll tightly to form the classic pinwheel design.
- Repeat steps 6-8 to complete the second dough log.
- Beat 2 tablespoons milk and 1 egg yolk in a bowl then brush the entire surface with this mixture and cut ½ inch thick slices.
- Place the slices on a lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool slightly. Enjoy!