Stuffed Date Cookies

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A flaky rugelach dough is filled with a sweet date mixture to make these delectable stuffed cookies.

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Stuffed Date Cookies

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About This Recipe

Yield:makes about 2 dozen cookies
Active time:40 minutes
Total time:2 hours
Special equipment:electric beater, food processor, 1 1/2-inch circle cookie cutter, baking sheet, parchment paper
This recipe appears in: Cookie Monster: Stuffed Date Cookies

Ingredients

  • For The Dough
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup (about 2 ounces) sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (about 10 ounces) all purpose flour
  • For Filling
  • 8 Medjool dates, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 teaspoon water, for egg wash
  • Sugar, for dusting

Procedures

  1. 1

    Make dough: In a large bowl, beat together butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add sugar and salt and beat to combine. Add flour and mix just until dough comes together. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.

  2. 2

    Adjust oven racks to middle and upper positions and preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

  3. 3

    Make filling: In the bowl of a food processor, combine dates, sugar, and vanilla and pulse until mixture is a paste, scraping down sides as necessary, 20 to 30 short pulses.

  4. 4

    Assemble cookies: Divide dough into two equal pieces. Flour a clean work surface and roll one piece of dough out to 1/8-inch thickness. Use 1 1/2-inch circle cookie cutter to cut dough into circles. Transfer bottom cookies to baking sheet. Top each circle with a rounded 1/2 teaspoon date mixture. Roll out remaining piece of dough. Cut into circles.

  5. 5

    Top each bottom cookie with another circle of dough. Use a fork to crimp and seal sides together. Brush each cookie with egg wash, then sprinkle with sugar. Bake until golden, 16 to 18 minutes, rotating pans front to back and top to bottom half way through baking. Let cool for 3 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Once cooled, cookies can be stored in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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