These cookies can be made either drop style or bar style. You can ice them either with confectioners' sugar or butter cream frosting. They are moist and delicious.

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Cream the shortening and brown sugar together. Mix in the egg and milk. Stir in the apples. Add the flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground cloves, ground nutmeg. Stir in the nuts and dates.

  • Either drop spoonfuls of dough onto a lightly greased cookie sheet or spread dough into a 13x18 inch lightly greased jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 8 to 10 minutes for the cookies or 20 to 25 minutes for the bars. Let cool then ice, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

238.6 calories; 3.1 g protein; 34.9 g carbohydrates; 10.6 mg cholesterol; 80.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2006
Moist and good keepers(if you hide them!). Substituted raisins for the dates. For a quick way to dress them up if you don't have time to make frosting simply shake cinnamon sugar over the cookies before putting them in the oven. Can't keep these around! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/17/2009
These tasted good - but didn't hold together nicely. I don't think I would make them again. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/20/2006
Moist and good keepers(if you hide them!). Substituted raisins for the dates. For a quick way to dress them up if you don't have time to make frosting simply shake cinnamon sugar over the cookies before putting them in the oven. Can't keep these around! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2003
DELICIOUS!!! I didn't use the dates or walnuts and instead used 2 cups of apple. VERY moist. Yummy with a light sour cream icing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2009
Yummmmm!!!! Perfect to make when you have lots of apples from your apple tree....I subbed an additional cup of apples instead of the dates and frosted with cream cheese frosting. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/19/2008
People really seemed to like these I wasn't a huge fan. They were kind of cakelike and moist. But they tasted good. Maybe I'll have to try them again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2009
I made this in bar form and instead of using dates & raisins I used dried cranberries and white chocolate chips. The consistency is more like a cake than a cookie. They were very moist. I think if I made it again I'd use real butter instead of shortening and maybe more spices. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2011
This cookie is amazing!!! They taste like a pumpkin cookie with the twist of apples... Definitely my new favorite cookie. Thanks for the recipe Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2008
great caky cookie. I did the drop cookies and you really only need 1/2t to make each one. I didn't have nutmeg so I adjusted the cinnamon to 1 1/2 t. The 1st batch was too big and ran together a bit. I also skip the icing they're great the way they are Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/04/2007
These were absolutely delicious! The apple and dates combo worked very well. I doubled the spices because we like 'em really spicy halved the brown sugar and added 1/3c honey and they were plenty sweet moist and flavorful. These just may be my new favorite cookie. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/27/2010
I put 2 cups of apples in cause we had a whole bunch to use up that we picked about two weeks ago. I also added about a cup of chocolate chips and skipped the nuts and dates all together. I put it in the conventional oven and its taking longer than 10 minutes to bake I think it's just my oven thats the problem but they sure smell good! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/17/2009
These tasted good - but didn't hold together nicely. I don't think I would make them again. Read More
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