Prep 30 mins
Cook 15 mins
These cookies are crumbly but have such a wonderful flavor that I make them every year. I'm considering baking it in a pan like a brownie. Maybe that will rescue an otherwise good recipe.
- 8 ounces pitted dates
- 1 cup raisins
- 4 ounces walnuts
- 1 teaspoon orange peel, grated
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- powdered sugar
- Put dates, raisins and walnuts in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until chopped. I have done this by hand also.
- Stir in the cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar, set aside.
- Cream the butter, vanilla and the remaining 1/2 c sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
- Stir in flour, baking powder, salt and orange juice.
- Add the date mizture and stir only until blended. The dough will be very stiff.
- Shape the dough into four logs, about 12"x2"x1/2".
- I always make these well in advance and freeze them raw ('cause freshly baked tastes best). To do this shape the logs on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Place them in the freezer until they are firm, then pop into a baggie, tupperware or whatever. Baking directions are the same either way.
- Bake the logs on baking paper or lightly greased foil at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes. Start checking at 12 minutes as ovens vary quite a bit. They will seem soft and and underdone, don't overbake. Dool 15 minutes, then cut diagonally into 3/4 inch bars. Duat with confectioners sugar while warm. They will be firmer when cool.