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RECIPE: Date Nut Cookies

Recently, for National Date Nut Bread Day (September 8th), we whipped up a batch of these date nut cookies. The last one met its maker yesterday, and we just may make another batch this weekend.

If you like oatmeal raisin cookies, try them for a nice change of pace: Here, sweet dates and salty nuts combine with chocolate and oatmeal for a happy holiday treat.

Food trivia: Before sugar arrived in Europe* from the Asia, dates were widely used as a sweetener in baked goods.

RECIPE: DATE NUT COOKIES

Ingredients For 5 Dozen Cookies

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups quick or old fashioned oats (uncooked)
  • 3/4 cup dates, chopped
  • 3/4 cup salted pistachios
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks or morsels
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    Dates: the world’s first sweetener. Photo courtesy Superior Nut Company.

     

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    Tasty cookies with whole-grain oats. Photo
    and recipe courtesy Wisconsin Milk Marketing
    Board.

      Preparation

    1. PREHEAT the oven to 375°F. Beat together the butter, brown sugar and 1/2 cup sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and almond extract; mix to combine.

    2. COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in separate bowl. Add to butter mixture, mixing well. Stir in oats until combined. Add dates, pistachios and chocolate; mix well.

    3. SHAPE the dough into 1-inch balls; roll balls in a shallow bowl containing 1 cup sugar.

    4. PLACE on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Cool cookies on pan for one minute or until set; transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

    Store the cookies in airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

     
    Here’s a recipe for date nut bread.
     
    *Sugar arrived in Europe around 1100, but was in very limited quantity and was not widely available until the 16th century.

      




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