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Grandma's Date Nut Bars

Grandma's Date Nut Bars

This recipe was featured in my Penzeys Spices catalog, which is interspersed with pages featuring various customers and their favorite recipes. This one was from Vance Schaff of Connecticut. According to the headnotes on the recipe, "Santa will thank you" for making these!"

Prep Time: 15 minutes + 1 hour chilling time
Baking Time: 18-22 minutes

Yield: 66 cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup butter (2 sticks), room temperature
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon water
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chopped dates
Colored or raw sugar for decorating

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until smooth.
Add the eggs, one at a time until blended together.
In a separate bowl, mix the baking soda with the water and then add to the butter, sugar and egg mixture.
Stir the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt into the flour.
Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture.
Once the flour has been incorporated, mix in the walnuts and dates.
Chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
With your hands, divide the dough into 6 pieces, and form each piece into a roll, 10 inches long and about 3/4 of an inch in diameter.
Place on ungreased cookie sheets and press out with your fingers along the length (dough should be about half the thickness of the original roll).
Sprinkle with red, green and/or raw sugar.*
Bake at 350ºF degress for 18 to 22 minutes.
Take out of the oven and let sit a minute or two and then cut into strips, diagonally, about an inch wide.


*A note from Vince: "I like to sprinkle the sugars in lines back and forth over the width of the dough and when I slice the bars, I slice them on a diagonal, opposite the sugar lines to make a nice pattern."

Source: Penzeys Spices catalog, Thanksgiving 2010; recipe provided by featured customer, Vince Schaff; posted by LuAnn for KRT.

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