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Very easy to mix and the ingredients are simple, so the end result comes as a pleasant surprise. This is metric, so I gave the nearest Imperial measures in brackets.
- Boil the dates, sugar and water over medium heat until thick, stirring often. Let cool.
- Set oven on 180 deg C/350 deg F.
- Mix the flour, oats and salt.
- Rub butter into the flour mixture until well incorporated.
- Add sugar and mix in well.
- Dissolve the baking soda and cream of tartar in a little of the water, and add to flour-sugar mixture.
- Now add just enough water to form a pliable dough which can be rolled out -- not sticky and not too dry.
- Divide dough into two. Roll out each half between wax paper (or use flour to roll out). Remove paper.
- Each half should be about 12" x 12" -- pat or roll into square shapes as even and nice as possible.
- Spread date mixture evenly over one dough half, right up to the edges.
- Press other square lightly on to the date filling. Trim edges carefully with a serrated knife.
- Cut into neat squares of about 2"/5cm x 1"/3 cm.
- Place on greased cookie sheet, and bake for 20 - 25 minutes in the preheated oven.
- Cool on a wire rack. About 3 doz cookies.