Gathered & Collected

Anyone else ready for a moment of relaxation with a good cup of tea and biscuits?

We love to try different teas and I’ve gathered and collected numerous varieties from our many travels. One of our favorites is this Moroccan rosebud tea that I got at the market in Jerusalem. I love to wander the market there and collect different things that we can take back home that will remind us of our trip. Pulling out our beautiful kettle, which I also got in Jerusalem, and serving a good cup of tea in this special tea set that was handed down from my mother makes for a perfect moment of calm. It also brings on nostalgia from our trips to Jerusalem. Even though we can’t travel right now, enjoying this snack takes our minds right back to this special little market.

This tea also pairs flawlessly with some Ma’amul Moroccan date cookies. I love to make a batch of these and have them on hand throughout the week for a little snack.

Ma'amul Moroccan Date Cookies

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Ma'amul Moroccan Date Cookies


  • For the cookie dough:
  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 250 grams margarine
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For the filling:
  • 350 grams pitted dates
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp hot water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place all dough ingredients in a bowl and mix together to make the dough. Do not over mix. Set aside.
  3. For the filling, place dates and cinnamon in a food processor and chop.
  4. Add the hot water little by little and continue chopping. Process and add water so that you create a paste thick enough to fill inside the cookie, if it gets too watery it won’t work so add the water 1 tablespoon at a time.
  5. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Take one spoonful of dough make a ball and flatten it with your palms.
  7. Take 1 teaspoon of filling and place it in the middle of the circle.
  8. Close the dough back into the ball shape and place on baking sheet.
  9. You can decorate the cookies by adding stripes with a fork.
  10. When you finish shaping all the cookies, bake them in the oven for about 25 minutes until golden.
  11. Once ready and out of the oven sprinkle with powder sugar.

So take a tea break, pull out your fancy wares (because you deserve it!) and make a nice cup of tea!

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