Date Skillet Cookies

Posted on: Dec 8, 2014        In: In the Kitchen, Recipes        With: 4 comments

Let’s get started cooking for Christmas.  Date Skillet Cookies is a recipe from my childhood.  I remember Mother making these treats during many many Christmas seasons, and I thought they would be something different to share with you.  I was not sure I could find the recipe, but  I went hunting through my recipe boxes, and to my delight – Eureka!    I found it!

Date skillet cookies

(As the recipe is written, it is confusing.  It lists nuts twice. The nuts are not added at the beginning, but rather at the end.)

These cookies are the perfect do ahead cookie for the holidays.  They are super easy, and very delicious – just as I remembered.  With Date Skillet Cookies in your refrigerator, you are ready for unexpected guest.  You can take them to work or to a cookie swap, OR simply enjoy snacking on them.  Warning – they are addictive!  I like them.  I love them!

Date skillet cookies

For Date Skillet Cookies, you need dates.  I got these beauties at a nearby “ethnic” market last week. (Thus the impetus to make these cookies.)  You only need 1 cup of chopped dates, so remove the pits and start chopping.  I have plenty of dates for another batch of cookies.  Chop the dates into a rather small dice.

Date skillet cookies

Here is the cast of characters:  sugar, chopped dates, butter, eggs, chopped nuts (I used pecans.), vanilla, and Rice Krispies (Yes!).

Date skillet cookies

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat.

Date skillet cookies

Mix eggs and sugar together with a fork, and then add the mixture to the skillet.  Add the chopped dates at this time also.

Date skillet cookies

Cook slowly over medium-low heat until mixture is thick and the dates dissolve.

Date skillet cookies

Add the vanilla.

Date skillet cookies

Add nuts and Rice Krispies.

Date skillet cookies

Stir until well combined.  Let cool slightly so you will be able to handle the mixture.

Date skillet cookies

Place about one-third of the cookie mixture on a piece of wax paper that has been sprinkled with powdered sugar.  Shape the cookie mixture into a log.

Date skillet cookies

Roll the log tightly in the wax paper.

Date skillet cookies

Repeat this with the remainder of the cookie mixture.  Place the rolls into the refrigerator.

Date skillet cookies

Slice the cookies when you are ready to serve them.  They are crunchy, sweet, light, and delicious!  Plus they are incredibly easy to make.  No baking required!

Now I am ready for some company!

Blessings to you and yours,

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Date Skillet Cookies

By Lana Published: December 8, 2014

  • Yield: 3 dozen

This was one of my mother's favorite Christmas cookie. It is an easy date cookie made in a skillet. No baking is required. These store well and are delicious.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet
  2. Mix together sugar and eggs with a fork.
  3. Add the sugar, eggs and chopped dates to the melted butter. Cook slowly over medium-low heat until the mixture is thick and the dates have dissolved. This will take about 15 minutes or more.
  4. Add the vanilla.
  5. Add the chopped nuts and Rice Krispies and mix well.
  6. Let cool for a few minutes until the mixture is cool enough to handle.
  7. Place about one-third of the mixture on a sheet of wax paper that has been dusted with powdered sugar. Form mixture into a log.
  8. Tightly roll the log in the wax paper twisting the ends to seal.
  9. Place in the refrigerator to cool.
  10. Slice the cookies when you are ready to serve them. They keep well. You can also wrap in plastic wrap after they have cooled.
  11. Enjoy!
4 Responses
  • Nancy Westbrooks on December 9, 2014

    James’ mother made these and this brought back happy memories. She loved drop in company and always had something on hand to have with a cup of coffee. Miss her!

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  • Marsha on December 9, 2014

    Oh, my, these cookies look good! Love dates and yours are beauties.

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  • Super Sister on December 9, 2014

    I had forgotten about this recipe. I loved these. I think I will make me some. Never had the recipe. I do remember her making these often at Christmas time. She also made candy and a Christmas cake that took forever to make and she would bring one to each of us at Christmas time. I really did not care for it but she loved it and it was such an act of love. Do you remember the packed boxes that mother and daddy would always bring with groceries in them. They were such loving parents! Miss them every day. Thanks for the memory! I love you!

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  • julie on December 10, 2014

    Just made these cookies. They are soooooo good. Everyone is going crazy! That’s how good they are.
    Thank you for posting this excellent recipe. My husband is already asking me to make them again……Thank you!

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