23 December 2012

'Tis Tasty 7

DATE NUT COOKIES

INGREDIENTS:

•  1 cup shortening
•  1/2 cup butter
•  2 cups sugar
•  3 eggs
•  1 teaspoon baking powder
•  1 teaspoon soda
•  1 teaspoon vanilla
•  3 1/2 cups flour
•  1 cup chopped dates
•  1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

DIRECTIONS:

•  Cream shortening with sugar.
•  Add beaten eggs, then dates and nuts.
•  Add flour with soda and baking powder sifted in.
•  Pinch off small pieces of dough and roll into 1 inch diameter balls.
•  Place 4 - 5 inches apart of cookie sheet.


NOTE: For soft cookies (my preference) bake in preheated 350º Fahrenheit oven 15 - 20 minutes. For crisp cookies, bake in preheated 400º Fahrenheit oven 10 - 15 minutes.

This recipe and first taste of these wonderful treats came from a tiny little neighborhood lady with a big heart of gold. She mailed several boxes to me when I was a GI stationed a few miles north of Kassel in peacetime Germany many years ago. Such a taste of home can only be appreciated by soldiers so far away.

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