Close your eyes and imagine a cookie that melts in your mouth into delightful sweetness, with the crunch of pecans and the delicate chewyness of dates! If you've ever had a wedding cookie, you might have an idea of what these are like, but honestly, you really have no idea until you try one! These have been a major popular item here at our restaurant--we can hardly keep them on the shelf! So now that I have your mouth watering... I'd better hurry and let you see the recipe!
CREAM oil and sugar together.
ADD water and vanilla and stir.
ADD flour and salt and mix well.
STIR in chopped dates and nuts. The mixture should be dry and crumbly.
FORM into ping-pong sized balls (about 1 inch in diameter). Press them together gently in the palm of your hand.
BAKE on a oiled or parchment paper covered cookie sheet @ 300F for around 25 minutes. (Ovens vary--some take 20 min and others take 30 min!). You'll know when they are finished if they are golden on the bottom of the cookie.
COOL on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before taking off the pan and cooling on a rack.
COOL 10 more minutes on rack.
ROLL in powdered sugar while still warm. (if they are too hot, the sugar will melt, if they are too cold, the sugar won't stick.)
COOL on rack until completely cool.
STORE on wax paper in refrigerator or freezer until ready to eat.