Iraq Date Cookies (Klaycha at-Tamr) by olga

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2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup chopped dates
1 cup chopped walnuts


Sift together flour, baking powder, cardamom, and salt; set aside.

Thoroughly combine butter, sugar, and eggs; then gradually stir in dry ingredients until a soft dough is formed, adding a little water if necessary. Stir in dates and walnuts; then place heaping teaspoons of the dough an inch apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Place in an oven preheated to 350°F and bake for 15 minutes or until cookies turn golden brown. Remove and allow to cool before serving. Makes 45 cookies.


Dates are one of the world's most complete foods. They contain carbohydrates; fat; protein; vitamins A, B, D, and G; and the minerals iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and copper. Their sugars are not acid forming and they have enough fiber to provide needed roughage. To the bedouins of the Arabia Peninsula, dates are truly a miracle food. It is no wonder they call them the "bread of the desert."


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5 rating5 rating5 rating5 rating5 rating aura_of_laura reviewed Iraq Date Cookies (Klaycha at-Tamr)
These cookies are simply scrumptious... my husband, who swears he doesn't like dates, has helped me scarf up a tray of them before the second batch even came out of the oven! I upped the cardamom to 2 tsp, and I'm glad I did - not overpowering at all, and it makes the house smell so good! August 8, 2010