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Spiced Date Drops

Author/Submitted by: Jo Anne Merrill
Servings: 72
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

2 1/2  cups  all-purpose flour
3/4  teaspoon  baking soda
1/2  teaspoon  salt
1  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
1/2  teaspoon  ground cloves
1  cup  margarine, softened
1  cup  sugar
3  large  eggs
1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
8  ounces  dates, pitted, chopped
1  cup  black walnuts, chopped

1. Coarsely chop date and walnuts. 2. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves; set aside. 3. Place softened margarine or butter into large mixer bowl. Add sugar, eggs and vanilla. Beat until smooth and fluffy using medium speed. Stir in flour mixture with a wooden spoon until well combined. Stir in dates and walnuts. Dough will be very stiff. 4. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 1 hour or more. 5. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake in preheated 400-degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Do not overcook. 6. Remove to wire rack and cool completely before storing. Yield: About 72 cookies.

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