Spicy cookies with chewy dates. The dates sweeten these cookies without going overboard.

Sara

Recipe Summary

prep:
1 hr
cook:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
36
Yield:
6 dozen
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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and cloves; gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Combine the water and dates; stir into the dough along with the chopped pecans. Cover and chill for 1 hour.

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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet.

  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

156 calories; protein 2.1g; carbohydrates 20.4g; fat 7.8g; cholesterol 29.1mg; sodium 77.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (38)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2003
These are exactly what they say nice and chewy. my Dates were a bit dry so i chopped them and heated through on the stove with a few tsp water just to soften them a bit. definately would make them again Read More
(56)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
09/30/2009
Even after baking an additional 5 minutes these were undone inside and not nearly sweet enough. Let dough come to room temperature rolled them in cinnamon-sugar and flattened them for next batch which got them done but nobody in the house liked them still. Read More
(11)
48 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 35
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/12/2003
These are exactly what they say nice and chewy. my Dates were a bit dry so i chopped them and heated through on the stove with a few tsp water just to soften them a bit. definately would make them again Read More
(56)
Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2006
I followed the recipe's original "36 portion" measurements -- and I got 61 cookies out of it. I increased baking time to 12 minutes because I have silver reflective cookie sheets. The came out with an excellent texture all over and through the cookie. The moisture level is perfect and the use of the clove and cinnamon gave a discrete flavour of a molasses or a spice cookie -- but with a lighter batter instead of dark. The bits of dates if chopped to proper size offers a wonderful burst of extra moist chewiness through the cookie. I was extremely pleased with this recipe and may try out the same excellent batter with other types of fruits such as chopped cherries or perhaps sultanas or figs. Read More
(39)
Rating: 4 stars
10/06/2003
These cookies were very good. They are more of an "adult" cookie than a "kid" cookie. I recommend leaving them in the oven for a full 10 minutes and following the recipe instructions of letting them cool on the cookie sheets for five minutes. This way they will be slightly crisp on the outside to contrast with the soft inside. I tried the first batch for 8 minutes (plus 5 minutes cooling time on the sheet) and they were undercooked...and mine were kind of small. I got 8 dozen from the recipe. Next time I will substitute the cinnamon for cardamon and use almonds (instead of walnuts..didn't have pecans). Spiced that way it should make an excellent cookie to serve with Arabic coffee. Read More
(32)
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2008
These cookies were so delicious! I found them to be more delicate than chewy but definitely soft. My cookies were probably about 1 tbls. drops and I had to bake them more like 13 than 8-10. I'm going to try the other reviewers suggestion of cardamom and almonds that sounds really good. Read More
(18)
Rating: 4 stars
06/05/2008
I used half white and half brown sugar. I increased the spices a bit. I found that these were a bit dry but very tasty. They kept very well not like some cake recipes that tend to stick together as they are too moist. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2010
If you love dates you'll love these cookies! Read More
(13)
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Rating: 2 stars
09/30/2009
Even after baking an additional 5 minutes these were undone inside and not nearly sweet enough. Let dough come to room temperature rolled them in cinnamon-sugar and flattened them for next batch which got them done but nobody in the house liked them still. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2009
My "picky" kid liked these cookies. I chilled for a hour turned out okay for me. Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2009
i really enjoyed this cookie. I didn't change a thing. Read More
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