Blind Date Cookies
Author/Submitted by: Maida Heater's Book of Great Cookies. pp. 58-9
light brown sugar,
up to 3 T
Adjust a rack to the top position in the oven and preheat the oven to 400.
Cut parchement to fit cookie sheets.
Slit one long side of each date, stuff with one walnut half or a few
of walnut. Close the date around the nut and set aside.
Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda and set
Cream the butter, add the vanilla and the sugar and beat to mix well. Add
the egg and beat thouroughly. On the lowest speed gradually add half the
dry ingredients, then all of the sour cream, then the remaining dry
ingredients. Scrape the bowl after each addition and beat only until
combined. Transfer the dough to a shallow bowl for easier handling.
Using two forks, drop each stuffed date into the the dough and roll it
around until it is completely coated. There will be enough dough to cover
each date, but don't overdo it or you won't have enough to go around.
the forks, place the dough coated dates 2-3 inches apart on the prepared
Bake one sheet at a time for about 10 minutes until lightly browned.
While baking, prepare the glaze. Melt the butter and mix it well with the
remaining ingredients, using only enough milk to make the mixture the
consistency of soft mayonnaise. Keep the glaze covered when you are not
Remove the cookies form the oven. With a pastry brush, immediatley brush
the tops with a generous coating of the glaze. Transfer cookies to a rack
to cool. Let them stand until the glaze is dry.
The dates I purchased from the Coop were huge. We cut the date in
half and stuffed them with walnut pieces. These aren't the most
cookies but boy are they good.