Assemble all of your ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1-8 oz. pkg. chopped dates
  • 1 c. chopped walnuts
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Stir together the flour, baking soda, salt and spices in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In large bowl of electric mixer beat together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla at medium speed until combined.

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Add flour mixture, a little at a time, mixing until all is well combined.

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Add dates and walnuts, mix well. The dough will be stiff. Refrigerate, covered, at least an hour or overnight.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Remove dough from the refrigerator.

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Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2" apart on greased cookie sheets. HINT: Use a small cookie scoop to get nice, even cookies. And use parchment paper to line your cookie sheets! Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

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Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Store in airtight tin. Enjoy!

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Lori Dorman