Date Moons

Recipe from

Southern Living


1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
1/2 cup powdered sugar


Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add flour and salt, and beat until blended.

Shape dough into a ball; cover with wax paper, and chill 1 hour.

Cook dates, sugar, and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in walnuts and orange rind, and let cool.

Divide dough in half. Place 1 portion on a lightly floured surface, and roll to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut dough with a 2 1/2-inch round cutter, and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon date mixture in center of each cookie. Repeat procedure with remaining dough.

Fold dough over filling, pressing edges with tines of a fork to seal.

Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

December 2001
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