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Date-Stuffed Cookies

Buttery mesquite dough is stuffed with a date-pecan paste, then baked and drizzled with a sweet orange glaze.

December 13, 2017

Baja Bakes

When I was discussing holiday treat ideas with my friends, I began by describing these Date-Stuffed Cookies.  The idea had been brewing in my mind for months! I wanted to make a mesquite cookie stuffed with dates and nuts, scented with cinnamon and orange, then sliced into pieces to serve. In my mind, these Date-Stuffed Cookies are the holiday showstopper of the cookie table. Date-Stuffed Cookies are not only beautiful to look at, but highlight so many amazing Baja Arizona ingredients.

As I described them, my friends said, “yeah, they’re called cuccidati cookies.”  I said, “no, no, these are cookies I came up with. I created this recipe.”  But the more I talked, the more they were convinced I was making cuccidati cookies. I had never heard of them before, but just as my friends said, they are Italian cookies stuffed with dried fruit and nuts. When I looked up “cuccidati cookies,” I found that cuccidati cookies are so similar to the recipe for the Date-Stuffed Cookies I had conjured up in my mind—just topped with sprinkles instead of pecans. I am so creative that I came up with a traditional Italian cookie! There really is nothing new under the sun… but those Italians sure do have some good ideas.

So, whether you call these Date-Stuffed Cookies or Southwestern Cuccidatis, they are a really special treat at the holidays. They do take more extra effort than most holiday cookies, but they’re unique and yummy, as well as a really beautiful surprise on your dessert table.

Date Stuffed Cookies
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Ingredients
Cookies
Date Filling
Orange Glaze
Servings:
Instructions
Cookies
  1. Preheat the oven to 350º.
  2. In a food processor, pulse together the dry ingredients with the butter.
  3. When the mixture looks sandy or crumbly, add the egg to the mixture. Process again, until the mixture comes together as a dough.
  4. Press the dough into a disc, wrap it in plastic wrap, and freeze it for 20 minutes.
  5. While the dough chills, rinse out the food processor and make the filling.
Date Filling
  1. In a dry pan over low heat, toast 1/2 cup of the pecans until they’re golden and fragrant.
  2. Add all filling ingredients (except the remaining 1/4 cup of pecans) to the food processor and process until they come together to create a thick paste.
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Date Stuffed Cookies
Print Recipe
Date Stuffed Cookies
Print Recipe
Ingredients
Cookies
Date Filling
Orange Glaze
Servings:
Instructions
Cookies
  1. Preheat the oven to 350º.
  2. In a food processor, pulse together the dry ingredients with the butter.
  3. When the mixture looks sandy or crumbly, add the egg to the mixture. Process again, until the mixture comes together as a dough.
  4. Press the dough into a disc, wrap it in plastic wrap, and freeze it for 20 minutes.
  5. While the dough chills, rinse out the food processor and make the filling.
Date Filling
  1. In a dry pan over low heat, toast 1/2 cup of the pecans until they’re golden and fragrant.
  2. Add all filling ingredients (except the remaining 1/4 cup of pecans) to the food processor and process until they come together to create a thick paste.
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