December 7, 2011

Eggles Dates and Walnut cookies

I came upon this simple recipe on the net, while I was just looking for some recipes with dates.  They turned out to be really wonderful and I could never tell that there were dates in them.  It is one good way to get the kids to eat dates which are known for its essential nutrient, mineral and vitamin contents.  I just felt I should have gone with my intuition of toasting the chopped walnuts before adding them.  That would have really brought out the nutty flavor in the cookies.

1.5 cups flour(combined all purpose and whole wheat pastry flour equally)
100 gms softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg(substituted with a tbsp of milk and 3 tbsp oil combined)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder(i used 1/2 tsp)
1/2 cup tightly packed chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips(optional)
pinch of salt

Cream the butter and the sugar in a bowl.  Add the egg to it and beat it further.  In another bowl mix the flour, baking powder and the pinch of salt.   Add the dry to the wet ingredients.  Stir in the chopped dates and walnuts.  To me the mixture was kind of dry so I ended up adding little more milk(may be 1/4 cup) to bring it to a dough like consistency.  Add the chocolate chips in the end.  Scoop out the dough using a ice cream scoop and place them little apart on a greased cooking tray.

Bake the cookies at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes.  Let them cool on the tray for five minutes in the tray and then on a wire rack for about 15 minutes.

This recipe is off to  Serve It - Baked Sweet event at Krithi's Kitchen and Denny's.

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