diamonds (lebanese cookies)

24 Servings
1 pounds Filo dough (keep dough wrapped in damp towel once you cut it)
2 pounds Butter (lightly salted)
1½ cup Walnuts; ground fine
Bottle orange flower water (should be available at specialty shops; or at a grocery store with a very good ethnic section)
3½ cup Sugar (or more to taste)
1¾ cup Water
Lemons; juice of

From: v313mdm8@... (ROCHELLE NEWMAN) Date: Sun, 18 Jul 1993 01:57:00 GMT Mix nuts with ½ c. sugar, or more to taste. Add 1½ Tblsp. orange flower water.

Make syrup ahead of time. Mix 3 c. sugar and water to boil; boil ½ hr.

Add lemon juice, and 1 ½ Tblsp. orangeflower water.

Melt butter. Line 13x9 pan with butter. Separate dough in half; cut to fit pan. Keep left-over pieces of dough to fill in spaces.

Separate sheets of dough and put 2 sheets together. Add 2 sheets at a time to pan and then butter well. Add 2 more sheets and butter again. You can fill in layers with pieces. Continue until half the dough is used.

Add layer of nuts, and then repeat procedure as you did for the bottom half. Butter top layer and cut into diamonds with sharp knife.

Pour remaining butter over top. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until golden brown.

Let cool slightly, and add some of the syrup. Then cool completely. Use remainder of syrup to "freshen them up" when you serve or eat them.



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