Delicate and pastry-like, these popular Syrian cookies are delicate but easy to make. Traditionally made with either date or walnut filling, this recipe calls for dates, as well as raisins, dried apricots, and walnuts and is a typical Purim basket item. Orange extract, orange blossom water or orange oil can be used for the citrus notes but orange blossom water is the most authentic. It is available in any well-stocked supermarkets. You can form these cookies, by hand into cigar-shaped pastries or use a ma'amoules mold, a hand-held wooden mold, available in Middle Eastern food stores or through sources such as Sultan's Delight), to make the decorative shape.

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