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Maple Nut Date Cookies Recipe

I can't resist these soft cookies topped with a maple-flavored frosting. Dates, pecans and coconut add some unexpected wholesomeness.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:48 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup flaked coconut
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in syrup (mixture will appear curdled). Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in dates, pecans and coconut. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • 2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.
  • 3. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the cream, syrup, vanilla and maple flavoring until smooth. Frost cooled cookies. Yield: about 8 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 143 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 141 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.