Sunday, July 25, 2010
Cookie Recipe #204 - Date Sandwich Cookies
This is a soft molasses-type cookie sandwich with a filling of sweetened dates. Use any cookie cutter for the shape you desire. There is no refrigerator dough-chilling time with this recipe, so they can be made immediately.
Ingredients: 1 cup unsalted butter, softened, 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1 egg, 1/3 cup molasses, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/4 cup boiling water, 4 cups all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 2 cups chopped dates, 1/2 cup boiling water, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, pinch of salt, raw or granulated sugar for sprinkling.
Instructions: Put teakettle on to boil water (or small saucepan). In a small saucepan, combine chopped dates, 1/2 cup boiling water, and granulated sugar. Bring to a boil and let simmer 3 minutes; remove from heat and let cool slightly.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. In another bowl, beat egg with molasses, vanilla, and then 1/4 cup of boiling water. Stir this mixture into the first.
Sift together flour and baking soda; add to batter and mix well.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out shapes and place half of the cookies on baking sheets. Spread date mixture evenly on each cookie, then top with other half of cookies. Sprinkle tops with sugar of choice.
Bake in preheated 325 degree oven 12-15 minutes or until cookies are set. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Makes 2 dozen sandwich cookies (depending on size of cookie cutter).
"The Ultimate Cookie Book", Tormont Publications Inc., Montreal, Canada, 1997.