Prep 3 hrs
Cook 12 mins
This recipe is a family favorite. These take a little work but are sooo tasty with a cuppa.
- 1 (8 ounce) package pitted dates, chopped
- 1 1⁄3 cups hot water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1⁄2 cup shortening
- 2 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- In a saucepan, combine dates, water, and sugar Bring date mixture to a boil then reduce and let simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- When the dates are completely soft, stir in flour and vanilla.
- Stir well and remove from heat.
- Cookies: In a mixing bowl, cream butter, brown sugar, and eggs until light and fluffy.
- Stir in vanilla In a separate bowl, sift in flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar.
- Gradually add dry ingredients to creamed mixture.
- Beat until just blended.
- Divide dough into three equal portions.
- Wrap in waxed paper and chill until easy to handle.
- Between sheets of waxed paper, roll each portion into a ractangle, about 12 x 8 inches.
- Remove top piece of waxed paper and spread each rectangle with about 2/3 cup of the date mixture.
- Starting with the 12 inch side, lift edge of waxed paper.
- Peel paper off as dough is rolled, jelly-roll fashion.
- Repeat with remaining portions and filling.
- Wrap rolls in waxed paper and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
- (Or freeze for later use) Preheat oven to 350°.
- Cut each roll into 1/4 inch slices and place about 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheets.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes; cool on racks.
I made these as a special request from my hubby. I followed the directions, but the dough was really dry and crumbly. There was no way to roll it after it was chilled. So I ended up adding another 1/2 cup of shortening and sprinkled the dough with water in order to make it work. I have since found other recipes online with a better shortening to flour ratio. Beware of this one.
These are the best date cookies in the world! If you have trouble with them sticking, try baking them on parchment paper. I have also made sandwich cookies and half moon foldovers out of this recipe. I used butter instead of shortening and made sure the dough was very well chilled before rolling.
i was fixing to post this and decided to check first,always a favorite on our xmas platter.great recipe..