Makes 3 dozen

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

Ratings & Reviews

bahibektoi's Review

November 20, 2010
Very good, made as a dessert for a North-African themed dinner party. To get 3 dozen, you must really adhere to the 2 1/2 in. cookie cutter, which I did, and got exactly 36 cookies from the dough. I halved the filling, however, and had just enough to finish my 3 dozen, which means the entire filling recipe would have been way too much. The cookies are quite small, but are delicious with sweet Moroccan mint tea!

floinct's Review

December 27, 2009
This cookie has great qualties. The dough is just so tender. Better than bakery. I used 2 extra tablespoons of butter,4oz. of cream cheese instead of 3 and an extra half cup of flour since someone said there wasn't enough dough. I also added some melted dark chocolate to the date mixture. I'm going to try prunes next time. Wonderful top quality cookie.Thank you!

Margareta's Review

December 21, 2008
These are better than any other cookie I've ever had. I'd suggest tripling the dough recipe though. I used freshly squeezed orange juice in place of the water. To chop the dates, I put them in a small food processor bowl with the sugar and ran it until the dates were nicely chopped. The sugar kept them from sticking to the blades too much.

avivaleah's Review

December 13, 2008
A great different cookie recipe. Based on other reviews, I doubled the dough recipe and still ended up with a good amount of filling leftover. There is no way I could have put more filling in each cookie or I wouldn't have been able to close them.

jenmax's Review

December 06, 2008
The recipe may be a bit different, but my mother used to make these when I was young (which was very long ago) and it was my favorite hokiday cookie. No one else I knew had these stuffed cookies, and they were so good! I have made them, and while they may not be as easy as a bar cookie, they look great on a plate with other cookies, since they have a different shape, and are sweet, but less sugary and more fruity.