These Pecan Date Cookies are bursting with flavor. Such a wonderful traditional cookie ideal for the holiday season!
Crunchy, Chewy Pecan Date Cookies
Some times, old habits die hard. For me, no baking spree is complete without a cookie like this. Simple, traditional and, more importantly, full of pecans. I first came across this recipe while I was getting my hair cut. Sitting under the dryer is a great time to flip through magazines. This particular magazine was Southern Lady, and there were so many appealing recipes that I went to the bookstore and bought my own copy.
I picked this particular recipe because it seemed so much like a holiday cookie. With cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, these couldn’t be more perfect for this time of year.
Besides my beloved pecan, these cookies also feature another of my favorite ingredients – dates. I have a sentimental attachment to them because of my mother’s wonderfully delicious Date Balls. Of course, they’re just good, too. Not being a big fan of raisins, I often substitute dates for them in recipes. To quote one of my culinary heroes, Alton Brown, why would you want to eat anything raisins have to be in?
These cookies turned out to be extremely good. The spices offer a wonderful combination of flavors. The pecans offer crunch, while the dates add chewiness. Quinn has proclaimed these his favorite cookie. I’m a little partial to them myself. In fact, we liked them so much that we kept most of them for ourselves.
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8 Comments on “Pecan Date Cookies”
Yum!!! My mom makes something similar with walnuts instead of pecans…and you have me *so* missing them right now!
I’m crazy about dates!
They look fantastic, Jen – I have never baked with dates, what a great way to start!
I always have dates on hand and eat them everyday. I LOVE the spices in these cookies too. Your holiday baking is driving me nuts! I’m dying to get some more cookies under my belt too:)
It doesn’t mention when to put in the eggs? And the cooking time seems long, is it correct?
Hi, Cheryl. I’ve clarified the directions a bit. The cooking time is longer because the oven temperature is a bit lower than normal. You can, of course, check on them sooner in case yours bake faster.
Made these without cloves, added in 1 cup chopped pecans, 1/2 tbsp of dough instead of 1 tsp, baked at 160C for 13 min. In the end I got 120 delicious and soft cookies. The dates made them really nice and moist. Thank you for this yummy recipe!