Thursday, December 6, 2007


These cookies are a family favorite, passed down from my great-grandmother, and are a Christmas tradition on my side of the family (although I've noticed that one of my stepsons seems to like them quite alot too)!

P.S. Santa LOVES these cookies!!!


Preheat oven to 350*. Spray cookie sheets with non-stick spray.


1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs

Mix together and add 2 cups flour, 1 tsp. soda, 1 tablespoon heavy cream, 1/4 tsp. salt. Chill dough before rolling out.


1/2 lb. dates,
1/2 cup chopped nuts (we use pecans)
1 cup sugar

Put ingredients in heavy saucepan and add water to cover. Cook until soft. Cool before filling cookies.

After the dough is chilled, roll out on a lightly floured dough board and cut into circles. You will need two circles for each cookie. Put a spoonful of the cooled filling mixture in the center of one circle. Cover with another circle and press edges together with a fork or with your fingers. You can make these cookies as small or large as you like; ours are about 2-3" in diameter. Bake until lightly brown, about 10-12 minutes.

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1 comment:

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Hi Debbie, these cookies sound really good. They remind me of a cookie my husband's grandmother used to make except she used figs. I might have to make those this year. She passed away and we haven't had her cookies in years. Merry Christmas to you too!