Spicy Date Cookies

Drop Cookies
Christmas Cookies

  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages chopped dates.
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Cream shortening in a large mixing bowl; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well blended. Dissolve soda in warm water; stir into creamed mixture, blending well.

Sift together flour, salt, cinnamon, and cloves in a medium mixing bowl; add dates and pecans, stirring to coat well. Add to creamed mixture, stirring until thoroughly blended.

Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350° for 12 to 14 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in airtight containers.

Yield: about 7 1/2 dozen.


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