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Date Turnovers

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Dates
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These date-filled cookies make a fabulous weekend treat, or make them for a special occasion. 

Ingredients:

  • Dough
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour *see note below for self-rising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • milk
  • sugar
  • Date Filling:
  • 2 cups chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Preparation:

In a mixing bowl combine 1 cup sugar, the shortening, eggs and vanilla. Beat until light.

Stir in flour, salt and baking soda. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

In a saucepan, combine the date filling ingredients. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Cool completely.

Heat oven to 400°. Roll dough very thinly, about 1/16-inch thick, on a floured surface. Cut into 3-inch rounds or squares. Spoon about 1 teaspoon date filling onto one side of each circle leaving enough of an edge to seal. Fold dough over filling; pinch edges to seal. Place cookies about 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake until lightly browned, about 8 to 10 minutes. Immediately remove from baking sheet. Makes about 4 1/2 dozen.

*If using self-rising flour, omit salt and baking soda.

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