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!
(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!
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.
Here is the cast of characters: sugar, chopped dates, butter, eggs, chopped nuts (I used pecans.), vanilla, and Rice Krispies (Yes!).
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat.
Mix eggs and sugar together with a fork, and then add the mixture to the skillet. Add the chopped dates at this time also.
Cook slowly over medium-low heat until mixture is thick and the dates dissolve.
Add the vanilla.
Add nuts and Rice Krispies.
Stir until well combined. Let cool slightly so you will be able to handle the mixture.
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.
Roll the log tightly in the wax paper.
Repeat this with the remainder of the cookie mixture. Place the rolls into the refrigerator.
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 December 8, 2014Published:
- 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.
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cups dates chopped
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup nuts chopped
- 3 cups Rice Krispies
- powdered sugar Used when rolling the cookies into logs
- Melt butter in a large skillet
- Mix together sugar and eggs with a fork.
- 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.
- Add the vanilla.
- Add the chopped nuts and Rice Krispies and mix well.
- Let cool for a few minutes until the mixture is cool enough to handle.
- 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.
- Tightly roll the log in the wax paper twisting the ends to seal.
- Place in the refrigerator to cool.
- Slice the cookies when you are ready to serve them. They keep well. You can also wrap in plastic wrap after they have cooled.