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23 Jan 2013

الدّْويدة / Dwida / Moroccan Worm Cookies!


I do remember so vividly from my childhood these yummy cookies, whose name is derived from Moroccan Darija word "Dwida" [Pronounced as D W E E D A], meaning "small or little worm".  As Dwaz Atay, Dwida was really very popular in the 70's and 80's in Morocco, with slight differences in shaping them from one region to another; some formed them into a crescent or moon shape as Cornes de gazelle, others preferred to mould the batter into a snail or snake shape.  Everyone used to customize these lovely cookies shape, depending upon their mood or the occasion!

I do remember how gloriously and wonderful these little treasures were, and how my brother and I would fight over them. Many happy and wonderful memories are associated with my mother's Dwida Cookies!  They are the kind of delicious snack that you can come home any time, whether good or bad day, then eat every single one with a lovely fresh mint tea. They are so addictive in the sense that each bite is just wonderfully tasty; crunchy, irresistibly buttery, without being overly rich, and with a slight almond taste!

These cookies are easy to make and do not require too many ingredients. However; the most difficult part in this recipe is getting my bowl of melted chocolate far from my boys.  They share my fondness for chocolate and they could become very excited if they see that black solid substance, melting into delicious, shiny and smooth liquid.  Of course, now they all wanted to help, and I could feel this step of my recipe would be pretty messy, knowing my boys and chocolate are always a messy combination!  They would not dip the ends only of the cooled-baked cookie into melted chocolate as I would explain and over-explain, but they would rather dip the whole cookie into the melted chocolate and allow the excess to drip back into their mouths, instead of the bowl!

I always ended up with great different looking cookies, but a lot of fun!  To be honest I, myself, used to enjoy making messes in my mother's kitchen when I was young and we both enjoyed and loved it, and as my mother used to say: "How are children going to learn if you take the funny mess away?", she was absolutely right!

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