Date Cookies

Makes: 30Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 50 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Makes: 30


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. heavy cream
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (12 oz.) pitted dates
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. coarse sugar crystals


  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • With an electric mixer or food processor, blend the sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla until blended. In a separate bowl, blend the cream of tartar and baking soda into the cream. Add to the sugar mixture. Add the flour slowly, mixing between additions.
  • For the filling, blend dates, granulated sugar, water, and flour in a food processor or mixer until just blended. Roll out the cookie dough (to ¼" thickness) with a rolling pin on a pastry cloth or pastry surface. Cut into 4" diameter circles. Place a little filling on half of each circle, fold over the other half, and seal by pinching the edges. Place cookies on baking sheet and sprinkle with coarse sugar crystals.
  • Bake the filled cookies on a nonstick cookie sheet for 7 to 8 minutes, or until the cookies are slightly browned.