Yield
9 dozen

How to Make It

Step 1

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg yolks, beating just until blended.

Step 2

Combine baking soda and milk, stirring until soda dissolves; add orange juice.

Step 3

Combine flour and next 4 ingredients. Combine 1/2 cup flour mixture, dates, and next 4 ingredients, tossing gently to coat.

Step 4

Add remaining flour mixture to butter mixture, alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Gradually stir fruit mixture into batter.

Step 5

Beat egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form; fold into batter.

Step 6

Drop dough by level tablespoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheets.

Step 7

Bake at 300° for 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned.

Step 8

Note: Cookies may be stored in an airtight container up to 1 week or frozen up to 3 months.

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