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Date-and-Walnut Sandwich Cookies

Easy and impressive, these sandwich cookies embellish store-bought shortbread with a decadent four-ingredient date-and-walnut spread that has a honeylike sweetness and caramel overtones.

  • Servings: 4
Date-and-Walnut Sandwich Cookies

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2009

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped (about 6 dates)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup walnut halves, coarsely chopped
  • 8 round store-bought shortbread cookies (about 2 inches in diameter)
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine dates, water, and cinnamon in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently, until dates break down to a soft paste, about 3 minutes. Let cool slightly in pan, then stir in walnuts.

  2. Divide date mixture among 4 cookies. Top each with another cookie, and dust with confectioners' sugar if using. Serve immediately.

Reviews (12)

  • farmgirl54 7 Jan, 2011

    Does this really make only enough for four cookies? I'm planning to double it already!

  • farmgirl54 7 Jan, 2011

    Does this really make only enough for four cookies? I'm planning to double it already!

  • 16FelinePaws 6 Jan, 2011

    KatieBee7384 - Perhaps flaviosmoreira is someone for whom English is not a native language. English has so many complex words and is one of the most difficult languages to master with all the different nuances to the many words. Please try to be more tolerant and less impatient with other contributors.

  • 16FelinePaws 6 Jan, 2011

    KatieBee7384 - Perhaps flaviosmoreira is someone for whom English is not a native language. English has so many complex words and is one of the most difficult languages to master with all the different nuances to the many words. Please try to be more tolerant and less impatient with other contributors.

  • glorybees7 26 Feb, 2010

    self-indulgent is what I meant.

  • glorybees7 26 Feb, 2010

    Flavio-When used in cooking, the term decandent means "luxuriously selfi-indulgent". It's so delicious and rich, I shouldn't be eating it, but I can't help myself! I hope that helps!

  • flaviosmoreira 26 Feb, 2010

    Hi!
    It's the second time I see the adjective "decadent" being used in a recipe in this site. As I only know the rather negative meaning of "marked by excessive seld-indulgence and moral decay" (which is hard to apply to recipe ingredients), I wold appreciate it if someone could enlighten me with its possible sense in this context. Thanks to you all.

  • salomejane 26 Feb, 2010

    Walker's shortbread cookies are good - but so is homemade shortbread - and homemade is really easy.

  • DOROTHY42 16 Feb, 2009

    I think you could make your own cookies, and spread the filling
    and put 2 together,that way you could have the cookies you
    like and the good filling!!

  • justLaurel 16 Feb, 2009

    I don't generally buy store bought cookies because the only brand I could ever choke down was Pepperidge Farm. I guess you could give them a shot. Good luck!

  • xannyg 15 Feb, 2009

    hi, does any one knows what brand of cookies I can use for this recipe? I bet the spread is awesome so I'd like to use a very good cookie with it.....

  • xannyg 15 Feb, 2009

    hi, does any one knows what brand of cookies I can use for this recipe? I bet the spread is awesome so I'd like to use a very good cookie with it.....

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