This year is the Centenary of Federation of Australia, and this recipe was provided by the great-granddaughter of Henry and Isabella Parkes (your equivalent of a first lady). In Australia, we call them biscuits, rather than cookies, but they are well worth trying.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
50
Yield:
50 biscuits
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Ingredients

50
Original recipe yields 50 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). In a small bowl, dissolve baking soda in hot water. Stir in the dates and raisins; set aside.

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  • In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the date and raisin mixture. Combine the flour and cinnamon; mix into the batter until just blended. Finally stir in the walnuts. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet. Cookies should be at least 1 inch apart.

  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

93 calories; protein 1.2g; carbohydrates 13.4g; fat 4.2g; cholesterol 13.9mg; sodium 33.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
10/01/2003
I chose this recipe for my son's International Week at school. His class was studying Australia and he wanted an Australian dish for the potluck. When you are baking these cookies, the wonderful aroma just permeates throughout the whole house. And they taste wonderful too! Read More
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3 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 4 stars
10/01/2003
I chose this recipe for my son's International Week at school. His class was studying Australia and he wanted an Australian dish for the potluck. When you are baking these cookies, the wonderful aroma just permeates throughout the whole house. And they taste wonderful too! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2011
I wanted a fairly simple and quick cookie recipe to bake and give as a hostess gift. This recipe fit the bill, but I did not get 50 cookies. Maybe I was too generous with the dough. Nonetheless, these are terrific. They almost melt in your mouth and are wonderful with coffee, tea or hot chocolate. I didn't have pitted dates on hand so I increased the raisins and chopped walnuts. Next time I'll use dates also. Watch the baking time! 8-minutes was all it took. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2012
It was delicious and my classmates did also like it!!! Read More
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