Date Pecan Cookies

Date Pecan Cookies

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Cookies are delicious any time. Our year-round of love of cookies is apparent from our previous recipes for Mini M&M Cookies and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. But once the weather starts to become cooler and the leaves start changing, cookies are even better. They warm your house and your soul at the same time!
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These Date Pecan Cookies are moist from the chopped dates but also a little crunchy with the chopped pecans. The hint of cinnamon is what really takes these cookies over the top! If you are a chocolate lover, you could also add chocolate chips to these cookies for added deliciousness.

We told you about how our Grandma was keen to distinguish between figs and dates in our recipe for Roasted Bacon-Wrapped, Blue Cheese-Stuffed Fresh Figs. When dried, figs and dates do look rather similar and upon further research, they have more similarities. We discovered that both have origins in the Middle East and have been cultivated for their delicious fruit since ancient times.

Furthermore, both plants can be quite drought tolerant. There is even a date farm in Yuma, Arizona: Martha’s Gardens. However, dates come from the date palm, while figs come from the deciduous Ficus carica tree of the mulberry family. We enjoy eating both! Now let’s start baking!


Mix the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a bowl.
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Cream together the butter and granulated sugar.
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Add eggs, one at a time and mix after each one. Then add vanilla.
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Add dry ingredients.
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Mix in chopped dates and pecans. Mix until incorporated. Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
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Dough will be very hard, use a heavy duty spoon to scoop heaping tablespoons of dough. Then roll in your hands to form a ball.
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Bake 10-11 minutes at 350°F.
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Let cool on wire rack then devour.
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Date Pecan Cookies

Date Pecan Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 c flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1 c butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 c roughly chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 c chopped, pitted dates

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Add vanilla and mix.
  5. Carefully add dry ingredients and mix until incorporated.
  6. Add pecans and dates, mix until evenly distributed.
  7. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill at least two hours or overnight.
  8. Preheat oven 350°F.
  9. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  10. Dough will be very hard, use a heavy duty spoon to scoop a heaping tablespoon of dough, then roll to form a ball. Continue with rest of dough.
  11. Bake 10-11 minutes until cookies are golden brown and center is cooked.
  12. Let cool on wire rack.
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Roasted Bacon-Wrapped, Blue Cheese-Stuffed Fresh Figs (GIFT #1)

Roasted Bacon-Wrapped, Blue Cheese-Stuffed Fresh Figs (GIFT #1)

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Last week we announced that we were going to start a new blog series about Grandma Inspired Fantastic Treats (GIFTs). This recipe kicks off the series and is most definitely inspired by our grandma, the original foodie in our life. We previously blogged about her love of Greek food in this post about Chicken Souvlaki.

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Our grandma was very matter-of-fact, with a limited filter (aka she said exactly what was on her mind). A couple of years ago, our family travelled to the Midwest for a wedding. After the wedding, we spent some time at the bride’s house with our grandma’s sister-in-law.

The family had made a nice dinner and when we arrived at the house, they were still preparing the appetizer, bacon-wrapped, blue cheese stuffed, dried dates. Naturally, we jumped into help.

The new groom, showed us how to put them together, “First, you take the dried fig and then…” Our grandma jumped in before he could even finish his sentence.

“That’s NOT a FIG, that’s a DATE!” she proclaimed emphatically.

We all turned red, embarrassed by our grandma correcting this man she had just barely met.

“GrandMA,” we hissed at her.

“Whaaatt? That’s a date not a fig.” She showed no signs of self-consciousness.

The groom continued on like nothing happened and we eventually enjoyed the dried dates with melted blue cheese and crispy bacon.

While our grandma never made this tasty treat, as you can tell from this funny story, she definitely inspired it.

Finding Fresh Figs

We found the fresh figs for this recipe at Costco in the freezing, walk-in refrigerator room. According to an article by The City Cook, figs are in season from June to September. This jives with what we found out from the produce guy at our local Trader Joe’s.

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Sweet and Salty, Bacon-licious, BBQ Baked Beans
Mouth-Watering, Almost Healthy, Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

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Here we have our fresh figs! Plus some frying bacon – always a welcome sight!

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While your bacon is frying, score those figs and get your blue cheese ready for action.

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Cool bacon on paper towels and stuff figs with blue cheese.

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Wrap stuffed figs with bacon and bake for 15-20 minutes at 350°F.

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FIGS, GLORIOUS FIGS!

Another variation of this appetizer incorporates a pecan or walnut inside the fig with the cheese. We were not so keen on the idea at first, but after tasting this version, we believe the addition of a pecan would be absolutely perfect!

Bacon-Wrapped, Blue Cheese Stuffed Fresh Figs (GIFT #1)

Bacon-Wrapped, Blue Cheese Stuffed Fresh Figs (GIFT #1)

Ingredients

  • Fresh Figs
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • Bacon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Cover baking sheet with aluminum foil
  3. Par cook bacon so some of the fat is rendered but still soft enough to bend
  4. Let bacon cool slightly
  5. Quarter figs from the bottom, being careful not to slice completely
  6. Place cheese crumble into cavity
  7. Wrap bacon around the fig and use a toothpick to hold it all together
  8. Place on prepared baking sheet
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes
  10. Let cool slightly
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