Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I can't go long without a cookie.  These cookies are soft and chewy,  with a distint taste of the dates.  I have another recipe for a cookie very simular but they are flatten with the bottom of a glass that has been dipped in sugar.  Both cookies are rated very high on my cookie scale.  But my most favorite of all is the all time world classic  "snickerdoodle" cookie. When my daughter Morgan was about 9 yrs old she wanted to make snickerdoodles with no supervision, well she did, she made them with 1/4 cup of salt !  I made a notation in the cookbook just for her to remember.  I have made several recipes of chocolate chip and usually go back to my orginal. 
In my younger days I was in 4-H and would enter cookies in the local fair, I have several ribbons from those days.  Mother would stand over my shoulder and direct me on how to drop the cookie dough.  Then after they were all baked we would sort thru and pick out the best looking four cookies for the fair.  They would be placed on a white plate and wrapped and delivered.  Then the long wait to see how they got judged. 

Coconut Date Cookies
Farm Journal Country Fair Cookbook
copyright 1984

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cup quick -cooking oats
1 cup finely chopped dates
1 cup broken nuts
1 cup flaked coconut

In a mixing bowl add the butter and sugars and mix until light and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time and continue to mix then add the next egg. Add the vanilla.

In another bowl sift the flour, add the baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix this together to combine all the ingredients evenly into the dry mixture. Gradually add this mixture to the sugar mixture and mix. Add the oats, dates, nut and coconut by hand.
Chill the dough for about one hour in the refrigerator.

Using parchment paper on your baking sheets or grease each sheet and your cookie scoop, scoop out the dough and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 12-15 minutes. Timing will depend on the size of each cookie. Cool on cooling rack and enjoy.

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  1. I like the sound of the coconut and dates. Great cookie recipe!

  2. Yummy cookies! I love coconut and dates, great combo.

  3. Yummy recipe! That is so funny your daughter put 1/4 cup salt in those cookies! I'll bet she was taken back from that first bite!

  4. Wow, this sounds really good. I haven't seen this combination in a cookie before. Love both dates and coconut. Mmm...

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I like yours too. I'm going to spend some time here looking around!

  5. Great post! Love coconut and cookies. Great recipe.

  6. Thanks to all of you for stopping in and visiting. Andi

  7. I'm liking this coconut date cookie. Great memories in this post too, Andi.

  8. These are beautiful! And they sound delicious. Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday. :)