Grandma Orcutt's Date Cookies

Grandma Orcutt's Date Cookies

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  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    10 m
  • Ready In

    8 h 25 m
Melvina B.
Recipe by  Melvina B.

“This is an old recipe that is easy to make. These are delicious slice and bake cookies with chunks of dates and nuts. Keep a roll in your freezer in case of unexpected company. Very good served WARM!!”

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Adjust Servings

Original recipe yields 4 dozen



  1. In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time them stir in the vanilla. Sift together the flour, baking soda and cream of tartar, gradually stir into the creamed mixture until well blended. Using your hand or a large wooden spoon, stir in the dates and walnuts. If your dates have clumped together, you can toss them with a little bit of the flour.
  2. Divide the batter into two pieces and roll them into logs about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap them in waxed paper or plastic wrap and chill for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
  4. Remove the logs from the refrigerator and unwrap them. Using a sharp knife, cut each one crosswise into 1/4 inch slices. Place the rounds onto the prepared cookie sheets 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

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These are slice, reshape, then bake cookies. They take about 12 minutes, not the amount of time the recipe states. Because the cookies need time on the cookie sheet after baking, By baking on parchment paper, I could pull the parchment paper with the cookies onto the cooling rack, then get the next pan in the oven right away! The taste is delicious!



These are really good, my husband and family loved them and I will most definitely make them again. My grandmothers name was Melvina.

Lady Baker

Lady Baker

The recipe is perfect. Make sure you chilled it for 8 hours because it will be easier to cut. The cookies are excellent! They are light and not too sweet. They are the best cookies I ever baked.

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Amount Per Serving (48 total)

  • Calories
  • 123 cal
  • 6%
  • Fat
  • 6.2 g
  • 10%
  • Carbs
  • 15.6 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 1.7 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 11 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 31 mg
  • 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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