Delectable Date Cookies

about 30 cookies Bake: 25 minutes
Prep: 35 minutes
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* 1/2  cup  water
* 2  tablespoons  sugar
* 2  teaspoons  cornstarch
* 1  cup  snipped pitted dates
* 1/2  cup  butter, softened
* 1/3  cup  shortening
* 1-1/3  cups  sugar
* 1-1/2  teaspoons  baking soda
* 1/2  teaspoon  salt
* 2    eggs
* 2  tablespoons  honey
* 4  cups  all-purpose flour


1. For the date filling: In a medium saucepan, combine water, 2 tablespoons sugar and cornstarch. Add dates. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat; let the filling cool.

2. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add 1-1/3 cups sugar, soda and salt; beat well. Add eggs and honey; beat till well combined. Beat or stir in flour till combined. Divide in half.

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of the dough into 1/8-inch thickness. Cut the dough into rounds, using a 2-1/2-inch cookie or biscuit cutter. Place the rounds 2 inches apart on an ungresed cookie sheet. Spoon 1 teaspoon of the date filling into the center or each round.

4. Roll and cut out the remaining dough. Using a 3/4-inch cutter, cut a hole in the center of these rounds, if you like. Place over cutouts with date filling and press edges with fork to seal.

5. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 7 minutes or till edges are firm and bottoms are browned. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 30 cookies.
Delectable Date Cookies

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