A cookie for nonbakers

RECIPE FINDER

April 18, 2001|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Phyllis Auvil of Johnstown, Pa., requested a date-cookie recipe. She recalls the cookie was cooked on top of the stove and had dates, Rice Krispies and coconut in it.

Her response came from Ann Dahne of Towson, who noted, "I use pre-chopped, lightly sugared dates, but prefer walnuts in these cookies. A perfect cookie for nonbakers to make! Even people who think they don't like dates enjoy these."

Date Cookies

Makes 4 dozen

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 pound dates, finely chopped

1 egg, well beaten

1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies

1/2 cup chopped nuts

pinch of salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups shredded coconut

Melt butter with sugar in the top of a double boiler over hot water. Let butter and sugar cool slightly. Add dates and egg, stirring thoroughly. Cook over rapidly boiling water for approximately 15 minutes, until thickened. Stir frequently. Remove from heat and add Rice Krispies, nuts, salt and vanilla. Mix well. Chill in refrigerator up to 1 hour, or let cool at room temperature until the mixture is cool enough to handle. Roll into 1-inch balls and then roll those in coconut. Store tightly covered.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "The date mixture makes a thick paste during the cooking process, so when you fold in the Rice Krispies, the trick is to cover them all with the paste without mashing the Krispies to dust. Use a plastic spatula to `fold' the paste over the Rice Krispies. I chose to use sweetened coconut, but unsweetened toasted coconut would work just as well. The dates are barely recognizable in the finished cookies, but add a delicious sweetness."

Recipe requests

Wanda Smith of Vader, Wash., writes that for years she enjoyed a cranberry fudge that she purchased at a shop in Long Beach, Wash. She says it had a tangy taste, a wonderful pink color and was very expensive and very delicious. She'd like the recipe.

Gay H. McCormick of Westminster writes that she seeks a recipe for a potato-kale soup. "It was once available from a company called Walnut Acres Organic Farms, Penns Creek, Pa., which is now out of business. Organic ingredients such as kale, potatoes, onions and more were listed on the can. I would greatly appreciate a recipe," she says.

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request for a hard-to-find recipe, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278. If you send more than one recipe, please put each on a separate sheet of paper with your name, address and daytime phone number. Important: Please list the ingredients in order of use, and note the number of servings each recipe makes. Please type or print contributions. Letters may be edited for clarity.

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