Albanian Date Cookies

READY IN: 45mins
YIELD: 3 dozen




  • Put the orange juice, oil and vanilla extract into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients, then add to the orange juice mixture until a soft dough forms.
  • Break off pieces of the dough and roll into 1 1/2 inch balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, and press one date into the center of each cookie.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • After the cookies have cooled, spread the crushed walnuts out on a plate. Mix together the water, sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan and bring just to a boil over the stove.
  • Dip each cookie into the syrup, then press the bottom of the cookie into the walnuts. Repeat until all the cookies are done.