Monday, 2 January 2012
Baking My Way: Maple Date Cookies
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup margarine or butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon maple extract
1 1/2 cups All Purpose or Unbleached Flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
In large bowl, beat brown sugar and margarine until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, maple extract and egg; blend well. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in dates and walnuts. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 30 minutes for easier handling.
Heat oven to 350°F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350°F. for 9 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown.