Friday, July 16, 2010
Cookie Recipe #195 - Date Surprises
If you like dates, you will love these cookies-slivers of almonds inside a date inside a sugar-coated cookie.
Ingredients: 3/4 cup pitted dates (about 15), 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 1/8 teaspoon almond extract, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup whole-wheat flour (or 2 cups all-purpose), coarse or raw sugar.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut each date in half; stuff each half with 2 slivers of almond; set aside.
In large mixing bowl, cream butter with sugar. Add egg and almond extract, and beat until well blended. Gradually fold in flours and mix well.
Pull off pieces of dough the size of walnuts. Roll into ball, flatten and press one date half in center. Form dough around date and roll again into a ball. In small bowl of coarse or raw sugar, toss ball until well coated.
Place and baking sheets about 1 inch apart and bake 10-12 minutes, until firm and golden. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.
"The Ultimate Cookies Book", Tormont Publications Inc., Montreal, Canada, 1997.