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Old 12-06-2011, 04:22 PM   #1
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Date Nut Cookies

I'm looking for a recipe for datenut cookies, but do not want to make pinwheels. I can make mini tarts or filled cookies, but don't have my old recipe. It has been lost somewhere.

Thanks in advance for any help.

Also, I have several old recipes for cookies that call for margarine. Can I substitute butter, or should I stick with the TNT?

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Old 12-06-2011, 05:14 PM   #2
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This is the recipe I grew up with!



Date Surprises from 1933 General Foods Cookbook titled All about Home Baking
3 cups sifted flour
2 t baking powder
t salt
2/3 cup butter or shortening
cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 t vanilla
1/3 cup milk
Sift dry ingredients together. Cream butter and sugar, add egg and vanilla. Then add flour to butter sugar, egg mixture gradually alternating with the milk. Chill dough. Roll 1/8 inch thick and cut with 2 inch round cutter. Place a teaspoon of date mixture in center and top with another round of dough. Seal/crimp edges. Bake on an ungreased tin in a 400 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes.
Date Filling
2 cups pitted and chopped dates
2/3 cup white sugar
2/3 cup boiling water
1 T lemon juice
1T butter
Cook water, dates and sugar together for 6 to 8 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from fire, add lemon juice and butter. Cool
NOTES:
You can substitute orange juice for the water along with some grated orange zest for a flavor boost.
This is the recipe we use for date pinwheels. Just roll dough and spread with date mixture roll up. Chill, slice and bake.
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Old 12-06-2011, 05:26 PM   #3
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That looks great Bea, that's my mom's favorite cookie. Maybe I'll make some for her when she comes down for christmas!
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Thanks, Aunt Bea. Do these freeze well? I am taking cookies to the Keys for Christmas (I live in Fl) and my daughter and family will be there and they love date nut anything.
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Thanks, Aunt Bea. Do these freeze well? I am taking cookies to the Keys for Christmas (I live in Fl) and my daughter and family will be there and they love date nut anything.
I think they would freeze all right but, to be honest they never lasted long enough to try it. They do keep in a tight tin or tupperware container for several days. Also if you make the pinwheels they can be kept in the refrigerator prior to slicing and baking for a few days. We just wrap the "log" in waxed paper. It might make sense to freeze the "log" and bake them fresh when you need them. Good luck!
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