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Fruit 'n' Spice Rounds Recipe

Fruit 'n' Spice Rounds Recipe

While looking for a way to use an abundance of dates I had on hand, I came across this recipe. With raisins and walnuts - and a delectable lemon glaze - these quickly became a family favorite.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:30 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped dates
  • 1 cup finely chopped raisins
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • GLAZE:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, cloves and nutmeg; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in the dates, raisins and walnuts. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hour or until easy to handle.
  • 2. On a floured surface, roll out to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-1/2-in. round cookie cutter dipped in flour. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  • 3. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes. Remove to wire racks. Meanwhile, combine glaze ingredients until smooth; brush over warm cookies. Yield: 5 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 242 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 111 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein.