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Grandma Kirk's Oatmeal Date Cookies

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Makes: 3 to 4 dozen complete sandwich cookies Total Time: 3 hr
Category: Cookies Sub Category: Other

what you need
  • Date Filling:
  • 1 lb. dates, chopped
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Cookie Dough:
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cup oatmeal (quick but not instant)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water
make it
Cook together date filling ingredients until thick. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cream brown sugar and shortening. Add eggs one at a time. Add oatmeal, flour, and water mixture alternately until completely mixed. This makes a very stiff dough.

Roll out on a lightly floured counter to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out with a small to medium round cookie cutter. (You must use the same cutter for all cookies because this is a "sandwich" type cookie.)

Bake 12-15 minutes until golden brown, but not too dark. Cool cookies completely. Then spread about 1 heaping tsp. of date filling on one cookie and top with another cookie.
Notes
The individual cookies will be quite crisp when cooled. Fill them a day or two before you want to eat them and place in an airtight container. The filled cookie will soften up "just enough".

This is a very old recipe, and one of my favorites, and, yes, my Grandma Kirk really did make these cookies every year. One of these cookies is hearty enough for a quick breakfast on the run. If you are serving them for dessert you may want to us a smaller round cutter. ~Jan~
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