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Golden State Dates

Golden State Dates recipe

Even before dates became a favorite holiday food they were widely used as a sweetener in baked goods. Here sweet dates and salty nuts combine with gooey chocolate and chewy oatmeal for a happy holiday treat.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Beat together butter, brown sugar and 1/2 cup sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Add egg and almond extract; mix to combine.
  4. In separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to butter mixture, mixing well.
  5. Stir in oats until combined.
  6. Add dates, pistachios and chocolate; mix well.
  7. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll balls in a shallow bowl containing 1 cup sugar.
  8. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets.
  9. Bake 8 to 10 minutes.
  10. Cool cookies on pan for one minute or until set; transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Store cookies in airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Yield: 5 dozen cookies

Recipe and photo credit: Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin.


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