Old Fashioned Date Nut Cookies

Nor M.


Originally this was my aunt Alice's recipe. The recipe had a slight Make over. The original recipe calls for all vegetable shortening. I changed it to half butter. I also made a few minor adjustments. I hadn't had these cookies in years. I love date nut cookies. I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do.

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4 dozen
15 Min
15 Min



2 c
chopped dates ( 10 ounces)
1/2 c
granulated white digar
2/3 c
1/2 Tbsp
orange zest
1/2 c
chopped walnuts


1/2 c
vegetable shortening ( crisco)
1/2 c
softened butter
2 c
light brown sugar packed
1 tsp
3 c
all purpose flour
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
baking soda
1 tsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
1/2 c
chopped walnuts


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1Make the filling.
Shop the dates. I use a food processor to chop.

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2In a large sauce pan add the dates, granulated sugar, orange zest, and
2/3 cup of water. Stir and bring mixture to a boil. Continue cooking until mixture is very thick and boiled down to a paste. Remove from heat. empty into a bowl and refrigerate until cool. Mix in the walnuts after it cools.

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3Make the dough:
In a bowl. Cream shortening and butter together on low speed with a mixer. Add in the brown sugar and mix well on low speed.

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4In another bowl. Mix together eggs, and vanilla. Add this mixture to the butter sugar mixture. Beat well.

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5In another bowl sift the flour baking soda, cinnamon and salt together . Add this to the creamed butter mixture. Add 1/2 cup chopped walnut's. Stir to combine.

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6Mix well By hand. Refrigerate dough for about 30 minutes to give it more stiffness. Heat oven to 350°. Parchment line a sheet pan, Or you may lightly grease a sheet pan.

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7in teaspoon size amounts. Make each in to a ball. Top each cookie with a teaspoon of date filling in center of ball. Push filling down into cookie . Place in oven and bake 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Let cool move to rack to cool completely.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian, Soy Free