Thursday, December 6, 2007

Pecan Date Cookies

Looking for something to make for hoilday parties? Try this one from my mother's own recipes... This cookie, bursting with flavor and pecans, is a wonderful traditional cookie ideal for the holiday season. This particular recipe is so nice this time of year because it seemed so much like a holiday cookie. With cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, these couldn’t be more perfect for this time of year. My mother made them for Thanksgiving and left everyone asking for the recipe.
*If you don't like dates, replace with something you do like, ie:chocolate or butterscotch chips, brickle would be good, it is up to you...

Makes about 4dozen

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp's. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons sugar, divided
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups chopped pecans
2 cups chopped dates
Preheat oven to 325 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly spray with Pam spray.
In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamom, nutmeg, and cloves. In a separate bowl, combine butter, 1 cup sugar, and brown sugar. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until well combined. Gradually add flour to butter mixture, beating until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in pecans and dates.(mixture will be thick). Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets.(I used larger spoonfuls to make larger cookies). Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until lightly browned. (I baked 12 to 15 minutes or until set). Cool on pan for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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