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Date Cookies Recipe

Date Cookies

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"Spicy cookies with chewy dates. The dates sweeten these cookies without going overboard."

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Original recipe makes 6 dozen Change Servings
  • PREP

    1 hr
  • COOK

    10 mins

    1 hr 10 mins


  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves; gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Combine the water and dates; stir into the dough along with the chopped pecans. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 12, 2003

These are exactly what they say, nice and chewy. my Dates were a bit dry so i chopped them and heated through on the stove with a few tsp water just to soften them a bit. definately would make them again

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 30, 2009

Even after baking an additional 5 minutes, these were undone inside and not nearly sweet enough. Let dough come to room temperature, rolled them in cinnamon-sugar and flattened them for next batch which got them done but nobody in the house liked them still.

Feb 01, 2006

I followed the recipe's original "36 portion" measurements -- and I got 61 cookies out of it. I increased baking time to 12 minutes because I have silver reflective cookie sheets. The came out with an excellent texture all over, and through the cookie. The moisture level is perfect, and the use of the clove and cinnamon gave a discrete flavour of a molasses or a spice cookie -- but with a lighter batter instead of dark. The bits of dates, if chopped to proper size, offers a wonderful burst of extra moist chewiness through the cookie. I was extremely pleased with this recipe, and may try out the same excellent batter with other types of fruits such as chopped cherries or perhaps sultanas or figs.

Oct 06, 2003

These cookies were very good. They are more of an "adult" cookie than a "kid" cookie. I recommend leaving them in the oven for a full 10 minutes and following the recipe instructions of letting them cool on the cookie sheets for five minutes. This way, they will be slightly crisp on the outside to contrast with the soft inside. I tried the first batch for 8 minutes (plus 5 minutes cooling time on the sheet) and they were undercooked...and mine were kind of small. I got 8 dozen from the recipe. Next time, I will substitute the cinnamon for cardamon and use almonds (instead of walnuts..didn't have pecans). Spiced that way, it should make an excellent cookie to serve with Arabic coffee.

Jan 09, 2008

These cookies were so delicious! I found them to be more delicate than chewy, but definitely soft. My cookies were probably about 1 tbls. drops and I had to bake them more like 13 than 8-10. I'm going to try the other reviewers suggestion of cardamom and almonds that sounds really good.

Jun 05, 2008

I used half white and half brown sugar. I increased the spices a bit. I found that these were a bit dry but very tasty. They kept very well not like some cake recipes that tend to stick together as they are too moist.

Dec 15, 2010

If you love dates, you'll love these cookies!

Sep 28, 2009

My "picky" kid liked these cookies. I chilled for a hour turned out okay for me.


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  • Calories
  • 156 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20.4 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 29 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 7.8 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 2.1 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 77 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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