|Old Fashioned Date-Filled Cookies|
The recipe directions made me laugh. Like many recipes from the time, this recipe for date filled cookies was customarily ambiguous. It read:
Cream: 2 cups sugar, 1 cup shortening
Add: 1 cup milk, 2 eggs, 6 level teaspoons baking powder, 2 teaspoons vanilla, flour enough to roll
Filling: Stir 2 packages dates, 2/3 cups sugar, 2 teaspoons flour, 2 cups water. Cook together until smooth and thick.
Roll cookies thin. Cut out and place on cookie sheet. Fill. Cover with a cookie. Bake at 350 degrees F, 12 to 15 minutes.
I decided to make these cookies one rainy afternoon this week. Curious about the recipe, I did an online search to see if I could find this recipe or a similar one that would give me more clarity about how much flour to use. I found a similar recipe at Cooks.com. After reading that recipe I adjusted my recipe to include 6 cups of all-purpose flour and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt. I was ready to go.
Old Fashioned Date Filled Cookies
|Date Filled Cookie Ingredients|
- 16 ounces pitted dates, chopped
- 2/3 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup shortening
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 6 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup milk
- 6 cups all-purpose flour
First, make the filling. Chop the dates. I snipped mine using kitchen shears into the bowl of my electric food chopper. I added the 2 tablespoons of flour to help keep the dates from sticking to the blades of the chopper. Place the chopped dates in a 2-quart saucepan. Add the sugar and water, stir to combine. Heat the mixture over medium heat and cook until thick, about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
|The Date Filling|
While the filling is cooling, make the cookie batter. Mix the flour, salt and baking powder together in a large bowl. Set aside. In the bowl of your electric mixer, cream together the shortening and the granulated sugar, about 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time and the vanilla, beating to combine well. Alternately add the dry ingredients and the milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
|The Cookie Batter|
Divide the batter in half, wrap in plastic and refrigerate until ready to use.
|Divide the Dough into Two Disks|
|Roll Out the Dough|
Place one cookie on the baking sheet. Top the cookie with the cooled date filling. Be generous, but be sure to leave a border along the edge to seal the top cookie to the bottom cookie.
|Filling the Cookies|
|Place a Second Cookie on Top|
|Seal the Edges|
|Cool Date-Filled Cookies on a Rack|
Remove the cookies to a rack to cool. Cool completely. These are generously sized treats that are different from the usual cookies I make or buy. If you are looking for something different, these old fashioned date-filled cookies may fit the bill. They are lovely with a cup of tea.