Ramadan ended yesterday and today is the beginning of Eid Al Fitr which lasts three days. Many people will have the whole week off just as the kids and I do. Eid al-Fitr is a time to give in charity to those in need, and celebrate with family and friends the completion of a month of blessings and joy.
We will visit friends tonite and I will be taking cookies for them. During the Eid, these cookies (mahmoul) are made and can be bought in all the bakeries -- they are usually filled with pistachios or dates and sometimes covered in powdered sugar.
This is a wooden cookie cutter that is used to make an imprint on the cookie dough before baking. It has a proper name, but my husband cannot even remember what it's called in Arabic.
I decided to make a cookie that is similar to what they make here, but is something that I know and love.
And here's the recipe: