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Rating: 4.31 stars
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2

An easy, date-filled cookie that's a big hit with my family all year 'round!

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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • To prepare the filling, cook the dates, 3/4 cup of sugar and water over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir in the nuts, remove from the heat and set aside.

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Stir in the eggs, sour cream and almond extract. Sift together the flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon, stir into the creamed mixture. Drop a rounded teaspoon of dough onto an unprepared cookie sheet, place a scant teaspoon of the filling on top of it, then top with an additional 1/2 teaspoon of dough. Repeat with the rest of the dough.

  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until slightly browned.

Nutrition Facts

232 calories; protein 2.8g; carbohydrates 38.9g; fat 7.9g; cholesterol 29.4mg; sodium 175.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (14)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2004
I made this cookie for a bridal shower ...it was a hit ! the cookie is soft and moist with a very tasty filling...the dough spreads during baking, so be sure to use a scant amount for both top and bottom cookies...enjoy ! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/19/2004
sorry i thought awful. maybe i did it wrong. wasn't expecting a cake like cookie and because of little filling couldn't tast filling Read More
(11)
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2004
I made this cookie for a bridal shower ...it was a hit ! the cookie is soft and moist with a very tasty filling...the dough spreads during baking, so be sure to use a scant amount for both top and bottom cookies...enjoy ! Read More
(24)
Rating: 1 stars
12/18/2004
sorry i thought awful. maybe i did it wrong. wasn't expecting a cake like cookie and because of little filling couldn't tast filling Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2009
My mom made these every year. I like this version better than hers. She would stuff the date with a walnut and dip in the dough and bake. I like the filling idea better. These are a wonderful variation of comfort cookies from my childhood. They will have a place in my Christmas cookie baskets this year. Thank you for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2009
The recipe is a little time consuming and messy to work with but the results were well worth the effort. My hubby gives them an A Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2011
I was so glad to be able to find this recipe. I have had this cookie every year since I was a small child. My grandmother has made them every year. Since she is 91 this year, she won't be making cookies. I had the recipe in an old cookbook, but we had house fire last month and I haven't been able to lay my hands on the recipe. This will make my family so happy to be able to have these cookies this year despite the turmoil that the fire has caused in our lives. They are time consuming, but so worth the effort. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2014
My mother made these for as long as I can remember. They have always been a favorite of my son. Mama is gone now so I have continued making them for him every Christmas. They are a little labor intensive but well worth the effort. Flavor is better after a day or two. Freeze great. I do use a 1 Tbsp. scoop for the cookie dough and a tsp. of filling with a tsp. of dough on top. Also, only bake for 8 minutes but my oven cooks hot. Bake until pale golden on top. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/20/2018
A very enjoyable filled cookie. I will definately make theese again. They are a bit time consuming but it's worth it. Plenty of filling and great taste. I like to sub about 1/2 cup of figs for dates. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2014
I used fig and almonds substituted for the date and walnuts and upon my first taste I realized that they will quickly become my favorite cookie. It literally brought tears to my husbands eyes reminding him of the cookies his grandma made for him every year at Christmas when she was still with us. We definitely felt her with us in spirit tonight. Light and fluffy cookie beautiful shiny filling had the perfect amount of sweetness when married with the baked cookie. These will become a Christmas tradition from this year on. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/03/2017
Sorry did not like Read More
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