Recipe by DonnaMaria
This is on my families "must bake for the holidays" cookie list. This recipe was given to my mother in the 1950's and we haven't changed a thing except we now use white wine instead of red. The red wine would make the cookies a not so nice looking color which was a turn off, but with the white, they come out perfect. It sounds complicated, but once you have your ingredients prepped, it's easy. I usually chopped the dates and walnuts (or you can buy them already chopped) before I start which helps to cut back the time. The type of white wine really doesn't matter much. I use a nice white Rhine or Sauterne cooking wine, but I think anything goes. You will get a lot of cookies. I usually get at least 6 plus dozen per batch.
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 1⁄2 lb butter
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 lb walnuts
- 1 lb dates
- 1 cup raisins
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 ounces white wine
Directions See How It's Made
- Set oven to 325degrees.
- If using whole dates and walnuts, chopped them. They don't need to be chopped real small, about the same size as the raisins or even a little larger is good. Set aside.
- Cream the sugar and butter. Add the eggs and mix well.
- Stir the baking soda into the 4 oz. of wine until it dissolves.
- Add the flour, the wine mixture and the cinnamon to the sugar.
- At this point, I use a wooden spoon to continue.
- Add all the walnuts, dates, raisins and vanilla and stir by hand until mixed well. Batter will be soft and loaded with the fruit and nuts.
- Drop by tsp on to a cookie sheet and bake till edges are brown.