Gingerbread-Date Cookies

November/December 1998

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Dates add a sweet counterpoint to these spicy gingerbread cookies.

"These came out so moist and tasty while not being sickly sweet, and the logs are much easier to deal with than rolled or drop cookies. I added about a tablespoon of fresh ginger to the puree blend just because I'm a ginger lover. The...
Gingerbread-Date Cookies

Makes: About 5 dozen cookies

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  • 1 1/2 cups chopped dates, divided
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray.
  2. Soak 1/2 cup dates in hot water in a small bowl for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt in a large bowl. Stir in remaining 1 cup dates. Set aside.
  4. Puree soaked dates with their liquid in a food processor until smooth. Add eggs, brown sugar, molasses and oil; process until creamy. Make a well in the dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and stir until just combined. (Do not overmix.)
  5. Separate the dough into 5 equal pieces and divide between prepared baking sheets. With dampened hands, form each piece into a 1 1/2-by-13-inch log. Sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Bake logs, 1 sheet at a time, until golden brown and firm, about 25 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Loosen logs with a metal spatula and slide onto rack to cool completely. Cut each log into 1-inch slices. Store in an airtight container.


Per cookie: 80 calories; 1 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 7 mg cholesterol; 18 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 68 mg sodium; 61 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 other carbohydrate

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