Date Cookies
Cookie Dough:
  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
  • t teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon soda
Date Filling:
  • 2 cups dates, pitted and chopped
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
For Glaze:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Sanding Sugar
For the Cookie Dough:
  1. Cream the butter and sugars in a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Add the egg, orange juice concentrate and vanilla and combine well.
  2. Combine flour, salt and soda. Add to the flour mixture and mix until well combine.
  3. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for several hours or overnight.
For the Date Filling:
  1. Combine dates, sugar and water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 15-20 minutes until the mixture resembles a thick jam. Add the orange juice concentrate Watch it carefully. I burned my first batch because I got distracted for a minute.
To Assemble Cookies:
  1. Divide the chilled dough in half and roll out one piece to a thickness of ¼ inch. I used a 2-3/4 inch scalloped cookie cutter. You can make them any size you wish or you can cut out large circles and fold the little pies in half…whatever you prefer. Place a generous teaspoon of date filling on a dough circle and top with another piece of dough. Gently press down on the top to flatten the cookie JUST A LITTLE BIT. This makes it easier to crimp the edges with a floured fork. When all the little date sandwiches are made brush the tops of the cookies with an egg yolk mixed with 2 teaspoons of water. Sprinkle with sanding sugar. Refrigerate unbaked cookies for 15-20 minutes, the bake in a 375 degree F oven for 10-12 minutes. (350 degree Convection for 8-10 minutes).

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