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Gingerbread-Date Cookies

November/December 1998

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Dates add a sweet counterpoint to these spicy gingerbread cookies.



READER'S COMMENT:
"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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Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  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.

Nutrition

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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