Date surprises

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN


3 1/2 c. sifted Swans Down Cake Flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. butter or shortening
1/2 c. brown sugar; firmly packed
1 egg; well beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 c. milk

Preparation instructions

Sift flour once, measure, add baking powder and salt; sift again. Cream butter thoroughly, add sugar gradually, and cream together until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; then flour, alternately with milk, a small amount at a time, beating until smooth. Chill thoroughly. Roll 1/8 inch thick. Cut with 2 1/2-inch floured cutter.
Date filling (cook dates, sugar, and water 6-8 minutes, or until thick, stirring consistently. Remove from fire; add lemon juice and butter. Cool) Place 1 tsp date filling on a circle, place another circle on top, and press edges together.
Bake on greased baking sheet in hot oven (425°) for 6 to 8 min.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

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