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Monday, December 24, 2012

Date Nut Cookies...

32 degrees - 11:36 am - 2-3 feet of snow (depending on where you are) and still snowing...

Several weeks ago I stopped by a friend’s house who was in the middle of a baking spree.  She was just finishing up one of her favorite recipes – Date Nut Cookies - a recipe that she had gotten from her mother.  They smelled so good that I just had to try one, even though I’m not a big nut person, I fell in love.  These little cookies are simple, traditional and, more importantly, full of delicious flavor!  I asked for the recipe and just had to share it. 

~Date Nut Cookies~
2 cups brown sugar
½ cup Crisco
2 eggs (room temperature)
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chopped dates
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large bowl cream together the brown sugar, Crisco and eggs.  Add in the vanilla, baking powder, salt and flour, mixing well.  Finally, mix in chopped pecans and chopped dates.  {Note:  The finer you chop the pecans and dates, the less chunky of a cookie – which is how our kids like them.}

Once you have a nice stiff dough, roll out and cut cookies out with a cookie cutter.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until a nice golden brown.  Quickly remove from pan to cooling rack.

~ Enjoy!

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