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~Nutty Maple Date Cookies~

Nutty Maple Date Cookies

What can I say but this has been one heck of a past week! I passed all of my finals and started my clinicals on Monday and what a day it was. My feet are throbbing, my knees are aching and my back is saying “what were you thinking?” But I could not be happier!!! It is great to get out there a work with real patients and see real pathology that I have only seen in text books. Also working with a full time sonographer has already been helpful with building up my confidence and helping me image better.

Okay well a little less about me, you have got to be sick of hearing me go on and on about school because only another student loves it as much as I do, and it is time to get on to the recipe for this week. Well as promised here is the first of the cookie recipes I plan to bring to you in the next few posts… Nutty Maple Date cookies! I tried these cookies many moons ago and I still remember how much I enjoyed them the first time and I still enjoy them just as much today. The frosting is nice and fluffy, the cookies are slightly chewy, due to the dates, and the maple taste in both the cookie and the frosting hits just the right note. Then add in the pecans and as far as I am concerned you have a great Christmas cookie that is worthy of 2013 The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!

~Nutty Maple Date Cookies~

~Nutty Maple Date Cookies~

Nuts, Maple Syrup and Dates... Yes Virginia there is a Santa Clause!

Ingredients

    For the Cookies
  • 1/2 C. Butter, softened
  • 1/2 C. Granulated sugar
  • 1 C. A-P Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 3 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1 C. Quick oats, uncooked
  • 1/2 C. Pecans pieces
  • 1/4 C. Chopped pitted dates
  • For the Frosting
  • 2 oz. Cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp. Maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 C. Powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/3 C. Pecan pieces, toasted

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F, 325°F if using a convection oven.
  2. In a stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and the granulated sugar on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. While the butter is beating in a medium mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. When the butter is fully beaten turn the mixer to low and add in the maple syrup.
  5. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until thoroughly combined.
  6. Remove the mixing bowl from the stand mixer and by hand, with a spatula, add in the oats, pecans and chopped dates, mix until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
  7. Scoop out a tablespoon of cookie dough and roll it into a ball, do this until you run out of dough.
  8. Place the cookie balls on a parchment lined cookie sheet, 2 inches between each cookie, and bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown on bottom.
  9. Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately flatten them with the bottom of a water glass, or any flat utensil.
  10. Remove the cookies to a cooling rack.
  11. While the cookies are cooling in a stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, cream together the cream cheese and the butter on medium-high speed until the mixture is smooth.
  12. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add in the maple syrup, combine, and then slowly add in the powdered sugar and mix until thoroughly combined.
  13. Frost your cooled cookies and sprinkle with chopped pecans.
  14. The cookies should keep in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

Notes

Recipe adapted from 2002 Best Recipes Santa's Favorite Cookies Cookbook

http://truebluebaking.com/2013/12/10/nutty-maple-date-cookies/

Well that’s it for this week, I know this is a short post but I have to get up early again for clinical in the AM and I am just exhausted. I promise that I will be back to my normal Monday posting schedule next week so be sure to drop in on Monday and pick up another great cookie recipe that will be perfect to give out to all of your friends and family this holiday season . I hope everyone has a great rest of their week and please drop back by after you make these delish Nutty Maple Date Cookies and let me know how you liked them, I love reading your comments and I really do read them all!

Until next time everyone… Enjoy!

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This recipe featured at 504 Main "Tickled Pink Times Two Party".

This recipe featured at 504 Main “Tickled Pink Times Two Party”.

This recipe featured at The 36th Avenue "20 Delicious Cookie Recipes".

This recipe featured at The 36th Avenue “20 Delicious Cookie Recipes”.

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