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Date Surprises

Yield about 2 1/2 dozen


  • 1 (8-ounce) package chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups regular oats, uncooked
  • 1 teaspoon salt

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and cook over low heat 30 minutes or until thickened. Set aside to cool.

  2. Cream shortening in a large mixing bowl; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Dissolve soda in buttermilk, and add to creamed mixture, stirring well. Combine flour, oats, and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture, stirring well. Chill 2 hours.

  3. Roll into 1-inch balls; place half of balls 2 inches apart on lightly greased cookie sheets. Press each ball into a 2 1/2-inch circle. Spoon 1 teaspoon reserved date mixture onto circle. Shape remaining balls into 2 1/2- inch circles, and place on top of date mixture; pinch edges together to seal. Bake at 325° for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool slightly, and remove to wire racks.

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