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Orange Date Nut Cookies

Ingredients
  Dates 10 Ounce, chopped
  Orange rind 1 Teaspoon, grated
  Orange juice 1 Tablespoon
  Butter 1 Cup (16 tbs), softened
  Sugar 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Egg 1 Large
  Vanilla extract 1 Teaspoon
  All purpose flour 2 1⁄2 Cup (40 tbs)
  Baking powder 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Chopped pecans 1 Cup (16 tbs), finley toasted
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Line a 9-inch x 5-inch loaf pan with aluminum foil or plastic wrap such that the it extends over the edges. Set aside
2. In a food processor bowl, with the knife blade attached, combine the dates, orange rind and juice.
3. Pulse in 3-4 short bursts of 15 seconds each, until dates are finely chopped. Keep aside
4. Preheat the oven to 350°F before baking is required.

MAKING
5. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer until soft.
6. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and creamy.
7. Gradually add egg and the vanilla, beating until well blended into the creamed mixture.
8. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt.
9. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in batches, beating at low speed to make dough.
10. Turn out on a flour dusted surface and divide into 3 portions.
11. Into one portion, knead 1/2 cup pecans then press to line bottom of prepared pan.
12. Into the second portion knead date mixture and press over pecan dough in pan.
13. Into the last portion knead remaining 1/2 cup pecans and press over date mixture.
14. Cover pan with extra foil at the edges and refrigerate for at least 2 hours until well chilled.

FINALIZING
15. Invert loaf pan onto a cutting board. Carefully peel off and discard aluminum foil/plastic wrap.
16. Cut dough into half lengthwise and then again each half into half to get 4 equal strips.
17. Cut each section of dough crosswise into 1/8 inch thick slices.
18. Place slices on lightly greased cookie sheets keeping 1 ½ inch space between each
19. Bake in a preheated oven for 9 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
20. Cool slightly on baking sheets; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

SERVING
21. Serve the cookies with tea or coffee or wrap and include in your gift hamper.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
European
Course: 
Snack
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Cookie
Occasion: 
Christmas
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Date
Interest: 
Everyday
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
40 Minutes
Servings: 
24

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