Of course, as I type this, the weather looks hardly welcoming in my region of the country (northern Illinois). It’s rainy and overcast with a chiller of a wind…so I’m not convinced the seasons have officially changed yet.
However, my calendar tells me that it’ll soon be time for Easter (and Passover, too, for my Jewish friends) and, as is usually the case for big holidays, we’ve got some family plans in the works. One of those plans involves cookies.
My mom and my grandmother are both REALLY good at baking. Me? Well, not so much, but I can handle a few easy culinary projects. My relatives have desserts that are a tradition on certain occasions — like the Italian Christmas cookies my mom makes every year in December with her Sicilian friends — and her favorite date cookies, which she likes to make in April around Easter time. Here is a simple version of the recipe:
3/4 cup butter, softened
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/4 cup sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups pitted dates, chopped
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
Step One – Cream butter and sugar in a bowl until fluffy then add the beaten eggs. Add in the flour, cinnamon, cloves and baking soda — mixing well.
Step Two – Combine the dates, the water and the pecans, and then add them to the dough, too.
Step Three – Cover with plastic and chill for an hour.
Step Four – Grease a cookie sheet and drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto it.
Step Five – In a preheated 375 degree oven, bake the cookies for about 10 minutes. Let them cool for another 5 – 10 minutes before removing them from the tray. Enjoy!
Do you have a favorite recipe — dessert or otherwise — that you love to make (or have made for you!) during late March/early April? For our friends in the southern hemisphere, I know it’s autumn now, not spring, but I’m just as happy to read about your tasty favorites during this time of year, so please share!!
And, because Holiday Man is a contemporary romance that takes place during a full year of holidays — Easter included — I’ll give away one PDF copy of the novel to one random commenter below. Open internationally! I’ll draw the winner’s name around noon on Monday, March 31st and post it in the comments section.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!