One of the things I can count on as the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons arrive each year is a feeling of nostalgia. The traditional foods we serve at our family's holiday tables can sure bring out all the feels.
Now that it is officially cookie season, we should kick it off with an old-fashioned homemade date-filled cookie recipe. Today's recipe is a special, nostalgic, family recipe.
This old-fashioned, date-filled cookie was my dad's favorite cookie from his childhood. My dad was born in 1932 so this recipe has been around for quite a while. This is my grandma's date filled cookies recipe.
An Old-Fashioned Date-Filled Cookie
In fact, the way the original recipe was written made me laugh. Like many vintage recipes from the time, this recipe for date filled cookies was customarily ambiguous.
Here's the original recipe:
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've rewritten the recipe for all of us modern-day cooks, cutting the date filling in half. I always have too much extra filling when I make as much as the original recipe. I've also added details and hints from my experience making these cookies.
These cookies have all the old-fashioned flavor you want. This is an official old fashioned date cookies recipe. My dad confirmed it.
This is a rolled cookie, made from two rounds of cookie dough. A deliciously sweet date filling is sandwiched between the two cookies. You can make them small and dainty or large and hearty. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.
These cookies will be wonderful as holiday cookies and gifts for favorite cookie lovers. Don't be too shocked when you go to buy your dates. They are expensive!