Date Moons

Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

  1. Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add flour and salt, and beat until blended.
  2. Shape dough into a ball; cover with wax paper, and chill 1 hour.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Fold dough over filling, pressing edges with tines of a fork to seal.
  6. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
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