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DATE FILLED COOKIES, Brenda's favorite recipe
1cup ganulated sugar
1/2cup shortening
2 eggs
1tsp vanilla
2-1/2cups all purpose flour
1/4tsp baking soda
1/2tsp salt
milk or light cream
Cream shortening and sugar until fluffy, add eggs and vanilla; mix thoroughly. Blend in the flour, salt and soda to creamed mixture. Mix well.

Chill for 1 hour.

3/4 cup water
3/4cup sugar
2cups pitted dates, finely chopped
1/2cup chopped nuts
Boil together chopped dates, sugar, and water until thick stirring constantly; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes stirring often. Stir in chopped nuts.

Allow to cool.

On lightly floured pastry cloth, roll the dough about 1/16 inch thick. Cut with 3 inch round cutter. Place about 1 teaspoon date filling on half of each cookie, fold dough over filling, press edges together to seal. Brush top with milk or light cream.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Bake 8 to 10 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet. Immediately remove from baking sheet to cooling rack.

Yield: approximately 3 dozen.