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Date Drop Filled Cookies
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Make date filling: Cook 2 c. dates, cut up, 3/4 c. sugar, 3/4 c. water.  Cool before using. Cream 1 cup shortening, 2 cups brown sugar;  add 3 eggs and mix well.  Add 1/2 cup water and
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Re: Date Drop Filled Cookies

posted at 1/11/2012 10:13 PM EST
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Judy O:  Thank you for the delicious sounding recipe. 

Re: Date Drop Filled Cookies

posted at 1/12/2012 6:44 AM EST
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Nikki - you said you were thinking about using an apricot filling .............
I don't have a single date (and I'll never have a fig )  but I do have a
couple bags of dried apricots.   How would I use those?  Would I
exactly follow the date steps ?   Thanks

Re: Date Drop Filled Cookies

posted at 1/26/2012 7:52 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Date Drop Filled Cookies:
Nikki - you said you were thinking about using an apricot filling ............. I don't have a single date (and I'll never have a fig )  but I do have a couple bags of dried apricots.   How would I use those?  Would I exactly follow the date steps ?   Thanks
Posted by Nancy G


Sorry I did not see this sooner..
Yes follow the same steps for the apricots that you would for the dates. 
You could use any dried fruit and follow the same cooking instructions.  Pears, apples, apricots, peaches they would all be good. (Just dried not the ones that have been candied that would be way too sweet)

By the way if you ever see a fresh fig in the store you must try one.  A totally different experience from the dried ones. If you are timid about the fresh one try splitting it and putting a bit of bleu cheese or other soft cheese on the fig and broil, grill or bake just until the cheese begins to melt. Yum!

Re: Date Drop Filled Cookies

posted at 1/26/2012 8:56 PM EST
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Yikes Nikki ...... Me try something new ME?

Hey - I've printed the recipe for Chocolate Toffee Rum Cake.   That was a big step.  Tongue out

Re: Date Drop Filled Cookies

posted at 1/26/2012 11:20 PM EST
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Nancy, I bet using dried apricots would be good in those cookies.  I've never used anything but dates, but i see no reason why apricots wouldn't work as well.

Re: Date Drop Filled Cookies

posted at 1/28/2012 5:46 PM EST
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By the way if you use apricots I would use a bit of almond extract as well as vanilla.  Almond goes very well with apricots and I think it would enhance the flavor.

Re: Date Drop Filled Cookies

posted at 1/29/2012 7:19 AM EST
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Thanks for the help and suggestions.   This is another recipe I just have to try.

Re: Date Drop Filled Cookies

posted at 2/8/2012 2:05 PM EST
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Well -- I am trying.  I have two 6 oz bags of dried apricots cooking right now.  I'll remove and let them cool in about 10 minutes.  Wish me luck

Re: Date Drop Filled Cookies

posted at 2/8/2012 9:11 PM EST
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Nancy, Apricot filling should be delish! 
I would make some cookies but my daughter-in-law loves dried apricots and has nibbled away at the supply so I shall have to go to the store!

Re: Date Drop Filled Cookies

posted at 2/8/2012 9:58 PM EST
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A cookie of this type was a new experience for me .... I'm used to a stiff dough and this is very, very soft.  I even dumped in a glob of extra flour.
They spread out a lot on the baking sheet.  Almost every cookie was welded to another and the baked cookies are very soft and "bendable".

One 6 oz bag of dried apricots made one cup of chopped fruit so I used two bags ...... That made way too much.  I have almost half of the cooked apricots left over.   They baked with an absolutely incredible smell.  The apricots mixed with the almond extract are so very good.
I had  almost 50 very large cookies.   I took half to a friend at chuch tonight to get her opinion.

Like I said - a new cookie and a new experience for me.  They are certainly worth baking more.  I'm starting another batch tomorrow morning because of the leftover apricot filling in the 'fridge.

Thanks Judy for such a special recipe.   Got any more?




Re: Date Drop Filled Cookies

posted at 2/9/2012 6:55 PM EST
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Yeah Nancy! You did it you tried it and it worked.
Next is the Ganache.  You will not be sorry!

Re: Date Drop Filled Cookies

posted at 2/9/2012 7:00 PM EST
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Thanks Nikki!  I am steadily amazed by how this site has helped me grow in so many ways.
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