Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Recipe Box Wednesday

The Holiday edition continues, with a recipe that stirred up very fond food

memories of my dear Grandma Doris.  No one names their daughters Doris

anymore.  Or Lorraine, or Roberta, or Eileen, or Mabel, or Ethel.  I can't

imagine being called Grandma Kristi someday.  That just doesn't sound

right.  Perhaps I should change my name to something more grandma-like

as I approach that stage of my life.

But I digress.

Before arthritis crippled her hands, my grandmother used to make me date

cookies every year as my Christmas present.  The kind where the chewy

date filling is folded into a soft cookie half moon, and pressed around the

edges to seal it.  I LOVE those cookies.  I spied them at a neighborhood

bakery, and got all excited, but they tasted nothing like my grandma's,

and I was disappointed.  Note to self, get Grandma's recipe for the day

when you have time to make them.

While I realize the following recipe is not the one she made, the

ingredients sound like they might give me the same flavor I remember.

And I LOVED the title!

Date Rocks

2/3 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 c. butter
1 c. nuts
1 lb. dates pitted and chopped
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
dash of nutmeg
2 Tbsp. hot water

Cream butter until soft, beat in sugar gradually.  Add eggs and beat well.

Stir in dates and nuts.  Mix and sift dry ingredients separately, add

alternately to egg mixture with water.  Drop by tsp. on cooky sheet, bake at

400 degrees for 10 min.

Happy baking, and as always, if you try them, let me know if the

recipe is a keeper!


  1. My sister-in-law owns a bakery and makes date cookies at Christmas. I wonder if they taste anything like your grandmother's.

  2. You're right, "Grandma Kristi" does have a youthful ring to it. Sounds perfect. ;o)


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