Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Cookie Recipe #178 - Easy Filled Drops
This recipe has been in my husband's family for years; it was his grandmother's passed on to his mother, then onto me. A soft cookie with a sweet middle makes it hard to eat just one. The date/nut filling can be replaced with raisins.
Ingredients: 1 cup shortening, 2 cups brown sugar, packed, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup water, sour milk, or buttermilk, 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.
Instructions: Prepare the date filling as follows: In small saucepan, combine 2 cups dates, chopped, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup water. Cook until thick, stirring constantly, until thick. Add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts; then allow to cool.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In large mixing bowl, beat shortening, sugar and eggs. Stir in water and vanilla. Sift flour, soda, salt, and cinnamon over mixture and mix well. Drop tablespoonful of dough on parchment paper-lined baking sheet; place 1/2 - 3/4 teaspoonful of date/nut filling on top of each cookie; then further top with another 1/2 teaspoon of dough.
Bake in preheated 400 degree oven 10-12 minutes. Remove from baking sheet to wire racks to cool.
Makes 5-6 dozen cookies.