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Monday, June 9, 2008

A Date with Destiny



Back to the A to Z cookie effort.....Date and Walnut cookies. The cookies bake up a bit cake-like and are quite tasty. It's an easy recipe but requires a lot of nut and date chopping. My poor pre-arthritic hands...but luckily I could console my aches and pains with a tasty date and walnut cookie at the end of my efforts.

From Cooks.com:

DATE COOKIES
1 cup brown sugar
2/3 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, etc)
1/2 cup butter
2 cups flour
1/2 cup chopped dates
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat eggs in a separate bowl, then add to butter and sugar mixture. Stir.

Dissolve baking soda in 1 teaspoon very hot water. Add dissolved soda, dates, vanilla and nuts, stirring well. Finally, add flour and mix until well combined, about 45 seconds on medium speed of an electric mixer (or beat with a wooden spoon).

Drop onto ungreased cookie pans, parchment paper or silicone baking sheets. Bake at 350°F until cookies are lightly browned on edges, about 12 minutes.

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