Grandma Lil’s Date Cookies

December 16, 2015

I have been eating this cookie my entire life.  My dad’s Mom, my Grandma Lil, made this cookie at Christmas time.  My mom took up the tradition and now I am making the cookie (my mom still helps).  They are in such demand in my family that we make a double batch and we still don’t have enough.


Now I do the rolling and my helpers do the filling, and crimping.  We make some whole ones just for show – but we make as many ½ moons as we can.


This is such a special treat – not only because it is that good, but also because it only comes around once a year.  I hope you give it a try.  Enjoy. 


Makes about 6 dozen 3” cookies*


Cookie Ingredients

½ cup butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 TBSP cream

1 tsp. vanilla

2 ½ cups all purpose flour

¼ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. salt


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.


Mix butter and sugar together until smooth.  Add eggs, cream and vanilla and mix until blended.  In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients and slowly add to wet.  You may need to add a little extra flour to get dough consistent enough to roll.  I do no chill my dough.


Working in batches roll dough thin and cut 3” rounds.  You can keep rolling scraps until all of the dough is used up.   Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.  Place a rounded teaspoonful of filling on each. 


Fold over like a turnover, pressing edges together with the tines of a fork.  Bake about 8 to 10 minutes until lightly browned.


Filling Ingredients

(Can be made the night before but bring to room temperature before using).


1½ cups chopped and pitted dates**

½ cup sugar

½ cup water

2 TBSP fresh lemon juice


Mix all the ingredients together in a saucepan.  Cook slowly, stirring constantly, until thickened.  Cool. 


*As I mentioned we double this recipe – so I am not sure if we would get this amount of cookies.  We just keep making them until the filling or dough runs out – whichever comes first!


**I buy the 10 ounce round containers of finely chopped dates.  And since we double this recipe I use three 10 ounce containers of dates and double the rest of the ingredients.  If the date mixture gets a little too thick you can thin with a little water.



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