***This is another wonderful recipe from my GrannyRene. She told me about these cookies, and I immediately started begging for the recipe! They were so delicious...not too sweet, but just right! They sort of remind me of pecan pie for some reason. I made a batch and took some to work with me this morning to share with everyone. By the end of the day, they were ALL gone! Be prepared...one batch makes A LOT of cookies...And in my opinion, that's a really good thing!***
1 cup shortening
2 cups light brown sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
Filling for Cookies:
1 lb. (16 oz) chopped dates
1 cup white sugar
1 cup water
1 cup chopped pecans
Bring dates, sugar and water to a boil for 10 minutes, or until creamy. Add chopped pecans and let cool before spreading on cookie dough.
Cream shortening and brown sugar together. Add eggs one at a time and beat until smooth.
Add flour with salt and soda, a small amount at a time, until all flour has been added. Add vanilla. When mixture is finished, divide the dough into four equal portions.
Roll each portion in flour and make a square about seven by eight inches. Spread the date mixture on each square and roll up like a jelly roll.
After you have made the rolls, pat and stretch each roll until it is about twelve inches long. Roll each roll in wax paper and chill overnight in refrigerator. Cut roll into cookie slices, placing them on a cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 14 minutes.
Each roll should make about two dozen cookies when cut.