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Date Triangles

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Pastry-like in texture and appearance, these cookies pair the intense sweetness of dates with the delicate flavor of almonds. The filling is enhanced by fresh orange zest and juice, as well as orange-flower water.

  • Yield: Makes 1 dozen

Photography: Anita Calero

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 1996

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 orange (to yield 1 tablespoon zest and 2 tablespoons juice)
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), in small pieces
  • 2 teaspoons orange-flower water (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons ice water
  • 3/4 cup dates, preferably Medjool, pitted
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Directions

  1. In a food processor, combine flour, sugar, salt, and half the zest; pulse to combine. Add butter; pulse until mixture is crumbly. Combine orange-flower water and ice water; drizzle over mixture. Pulse until dough just comes together. Chill, covered, for 20 minutes.

  2. In a food processor, combine dates, almonds, remaining zest, and orange juice; pulse to coarsely chop.

  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Form dough into 1 1/2-inch-diameter balls; flatten into 3 1/2-inch circles. Place 1 heaping teaspoon date filling on each. Fold sides toward centers, making triangles; press to flatten slightly. Place pastries 2 inches apart on a baking sheet; press again.

  4. Mix milk and honey; brush on pastries. Arrange 3 almonds on each pastry. Bake until golden, 30 to 40 minutes. Transfer pastries to a wire rack; brush with glaze again. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes

Look for orange-flower water in specialty foods shops and Middle Eastern markets.

Reviews Add a comment

  • samira54
    5 SEP, 2010
    To form this triangle shape, you have to make a round and then fold 3 sides
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  • bettyboop81
    4 SEP, 2010
    You only fold up 3 of the sides to form the triangle. Kind of like an old pirates hat. And since the parts that you fold up are rounded, you flatten in order to get rid of the rounded edges.
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  • patcash
    4 SEP, 2010
    nicodemus6, I am with you. I cannot figure out how to do it. I tried to do it with a paper circle the size of the cookie dough and could not for the life of me make it look like a triangle. I am stumped. I got squares and rectangles and a kind of strange coffin shape. Guess I could make them for Halloween? : )
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  • MS11013702
    4 SEP, 2010
    Did Martha form these on her show? I'd like a video of how the triangles are made. Just don't understand how it's done. Anyone have a link to a video of the process?
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  • Justine2008
    1 NOV, 2008
    To make 2 dozen, just double the whole recipe and there you go! =D
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  • lmwilcox5028
    28 JUL, 2008
    I found the dough hard to work with. They had to be chilled or they were too soft to work with, but after being chilled they were brittle. After chilling a few minutes and then setting at room temp, I was able to get a window a time where I could lift the dough over the filling, but could not form a triangle. The taste is good, but mine were not as pretty as the picture. Next time I think I I will just form the dough in mini cupcake tins.
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  • cookiepusher
    21 JUL, 2008
    The more cookies I make, the more I will eat. Small recipes aren't necessarily a bad thing--especially if I REALLY like the cookie!
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  • schrinpmo
    10 JUL, 2008
    sueko- please send us the other hamentaschen recipe- i'd have asked privately, but i can't figure out how. and ya know, that's a lot of work for 12 cookies- unless they are big cookies
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  • kristmasklaus
    10 JUL, 2008
    Re.Hammentaschen- please give your other recipe too!! Zimmermans in Ann Arbor have the BEST fillings - and after taking a class given by them, we were (disappointedly) given a DIFFERENT recipe than they use (although they provided their originals for tasting!! I know???) Claiming they agreed to (someone) NEVER give the original recipe out. Oh well - your poppy seed sounds fabulous - please share your other. THANKS!
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  • angiewalsh
    9 JUL, 2008
    doesnt it say it makes 12
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