[Sca-cooks] Fig Newtons from God?

Heleen Greenwald heleen at ptd.net
Sat Mar 29 20:03:54 PDT 2008

Since the Jewish holiday of Purim was last Thursday, my guess is that  
they are humantashen.  A fruit puree filled cookie of dough.  The  
poppy seed goo is called 'muhn' in  Yiddish,

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On Mar 29, 2008, at 6:21 PM, Stefan li Rous wrote:

Aldyth asked:

<<< This morning at work a wonderful older jewish lady brought in a
care package to say thank you for taking such good care of her
terrier.? She knows I like to cook.? Her words were, "The little
basket is full of Fig Newtons from God.?Just for you. Guess what they
are. They are as old as Abraham"

So, I sampled one.? Very light outside butter cookie dough that was
rolled out or flattened. Inside one was what I thought would be fig,
but was poppy seed goo.? Another one was strawberry I think.? The
edges of the cookie were folded up on the filling, leaving a finger
print sized hole. Mostly round, or sort of 3 sided. They also had
been dusted with powdered sugar, (I hope that was what it was).

Surely not a cuskeynole.? Google was helpful with various versions of
thumbprint cookies. If this is?a period cookie, it would be wonderful
to include on a dessert sideboard.? Ideas? >>>

No, not a cuskeynole. I'm afraid that there are probably quite a
number of cookies and variations which match the description you've
given so far. My guess might be mamouls.

mamouls-msg       (20K)  1/ 9/02    A Middle Eastern date/nut/dried
fruit filled
                                         cookie embossed with patterns.

<<< That's a great new gadget you picked up, but I'm afraid it's NOT
a couscous mold!  :o) You could certainly use it for that if you
want, but that's not what it's intended for.  It's actually a cookie
mold - there's a special kind of cookie made in the Middle East
called "mamoul," and it's usually made for Easter.  The flavorings
vary; the dough is unsweetened (butter, flour, rosewater and orange
blossom water), and it can be filled with a mixture of chopped dates
and butter, or chopped nuts (walnuts or pistachios) with sugar and
rosewater.  You take a bit of the dough and flatten it out into a
cirle, put a spoonful of filling inthe middle, and close the dough
over it, so it's a little round ball.  You then squish this ball into
the mold so it's flat, and smash the mold on the table really hard to
get the cookie to pop out :-)  The cookie has the same pattern as the
mold, and you use a different mold for each type of filling so you
can tell what's inside.  After they're baked, you sprinkle powdered
sugar on top (except for the date ones).  Yum!!  They are wonderfully
delicious, and tons of fun to make.  I've had these every year for my
entire life, and can confidently say they are the most scrumptious
cookies I've ever had :-)  (Making them is also even more fun than
dyeing Easter eggs!)

Vittoria >>>

For those wondering what a cuskynole is and how it differs from this:
cuskynoles-msg    (44K)  8/21/00    A medieval fruit-filled pasta dish.

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