My Grandma Clarke used to make these for my dad. We used to ask her to make them for us but unless my dad wanted them it seemed she never made them.
These are a sandwich cookie with a soft sweet date filling.
You have to make them the day before you really want to eat them. Somehow the filling infiltrates the cookie with its datey goodness. They end up soft and sweet. One bite and I am transported back to being 8 years old.
Try them you will love them.
Here’s what you will need:
For the cookies,
1 ½ cups of brown sugar
¾ cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp baking soda in 1 tbsp of hot water
2 cups flour
½ tsp salt
For the filling,
1 cup of dates, cut up
½ cup white sugar
1 tsp flour
1 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
To make the cookies, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs in 1 at a time until incorporated. Add the vanilla. Then mix in the soda water. Slowly add the flour and salt. Mix until combined.
Drop by the teaspoon onto a silpat mat lined cookie sheet. Bake in the centre of the oven at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.
To make the filling combine the dates, water, sugar and flour into a small saucepan.
Cook over medium heat for 10-15minutes until thickened. Take off the heat and stir in the vanilla.
Once the cookies have cooled completely, take one,
Put a tablespoon of the filling right in the middle,
then sandwich with another cookie.
You should get about 24 cookies.
Place cookies into an airtight container for 24 hours before you eat them. Please wait, I know it will be hard but I promise they will taste 100 times better tomorrow than they do today!
Thanks Grandma! Miss you!