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Date Macaroons Recipe

This recipe from my sister originally made a pie. But I decided to turn it into a cookie with mouthwatering results. They're so easy to make and very tasty.—Jessie Bethune, Trion, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min./batch YIELD:21 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup finely crushed saltines (about 15 crackers)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 egg whites

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine sugar, cracker crumbs and baking powder. Stir in the coconut, pecans, dates and vanilla. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into coconut mixture.
  • 2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 300° for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 113 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 42 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.