Christmas cookies - part #3.

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This recipe is near and dear to my heart - one of the many kinds of Christmas cookies my beloved Grandma Ann would bake year after year. Luckily, I was smart enough to jot down the recipe before she passed away about 5 years ago. Walnut date cookies are meant to be a little bit dry and a tad crunchy, the perfect complement to coffee or tea (or milk if you're dishing them out for Santa Claus).

Walnut Date Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup butter (1-1/2 sticks)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a few cookie sheets with parchment or tin foil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, egg, milk, vanilla and sugar until thoroughly combined.
  3. Slowly add in the dry ingredients until a sticky down starts to form.
  4. Fold in the coconut, walnuts and dates until distributed evenly.
  5. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto the prepared cookie sheets and pop up in the oven for 10-15 minutes (I find 13-14 works best).

Remove cookies once lightly browned and allow them to cool completely (trust me, way better once cooled). Enjoy. Makes roughly 3 dozen.