Recipe by Sara
"Spicy cookies with chewy dates. The dates sweeten these cookies without going overboard."
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1 1/3 cups
sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups
chopped pitted dates
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you love dates, you'll love these cookies!
My "picky" kid liked these cookies. I chilled for a hour turned out okay for me.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/36 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 36
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 71
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