Cherry Date Cookies Recipe

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You can fix these chewy old-fashioned drop cookies with five ingredients. "I received this recipe from a friend more than 40 years ago and have made these cookies every Christmas since," writes Charlotte Moore of Parkersburg, West Virginia. Topped with a cherry half, each fruitcake-like bite costs just 16 cents.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:26 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 26 servings


  • 2-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 27 squares)
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups chopped dates
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • 27 red or green maraschino cherries, halved

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 186 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 64mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine cracker crumbs and milk; let stand for 10 minutes. Stir in dates and walnuts (mixture will be very thick).
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Top each with a cherry half. Bake at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 4-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Cherry Date Cookies in Quick Cooking November/December 2003, p11

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