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grandpa cookies (date perishky)

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a recipe by
Teresa May
Ninette, MB

NOTES : Grandpa Bergman (Jacob) made this for Christmas. He would start in October making the cookies and filling 4L ice-cream pails with them, usually about 4 or 5 pails. Although they can be eaten right away, like Christmas/Fruit cake, the flavour takes time to fully mature and "pop", which is why Grandpa started making these in October and wouldn`t let anyone eat them before Christmas.

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I used raspberry gelatin in this recipe and the flavor was delicious. I loved the date filling. I can see why Grandpa started making them in October. Not sure how that would work for me... I might have them all eaten by Christmas. I kept going back to sneak a cookie and the flavors were better every time!

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★★★★★ 1
serves 115 cookies
prep time 3 Hr
cook time 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For grandpa cookies (date perishky)

  • 2 c
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1/2 pkg
    gelatine powder - your choice of flavour
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch
    ground cloves
  • 1 c
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 3/4 c
    butter or margarine
  • 7 c
    all purpose flour
  • 2 c
    dates - chopped
  • 2 c
    apples - chopped
  • 1 c

How To Make grandpa cookies (date perishky)

  • 1
    Boil honey and sugar together. Stir in gelatine powder. I like orange flavour. Grandpa used to use orange or raspberry.
  • 2
    In a large bowl, add the honey mixture to the remaining ingredients.
  • 3
    Mix well, should form soft dough. Cover and let rest for 1 hour or overnight.
  • 4
    Roll out thin and cut with a 2" circular cookie cutter.
  • 5
    Put 1 teaspoon filling mix* in middle of circle. Moisten edges and fold over as if making a perogy and seal firmly.
  • 6
    Put on cookie sheets.
  • 7
    Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes or until done. Let cool and ice top with white icing.
  • 8
    To Prepare Date Filling:
  • 9
    In a saucepan, combine dates, apples and water. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Cool completely.

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