A Cookie for Springtime & a Giveaway!

flowers - white and yellowYAY! At long, long last…spring is (technically) here!

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.Β :razz:

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:


date cookiesIngredients:
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!

Holiday Man - final cover smallDo 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!

About Marilyn Brant

Marilyn Brant is a chocolate addict, a music junkie and the USA TODAY bestselling author of ACCORDING TO JANE (2009), FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE (2010) and A SUMMER IN EUROPE (2011), all from Kensington Books, as well as a number of light romantic comedies, including THE SWEET TEMPTATIONS COLLECTION (2013) and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH (2013). Her latest novel -- a coming-of-age romantic mystery called THE ROAD TO YOU -- was just released in October 2013!
This entry was posted in Marilyn's Posts and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

14 Responses to A Cookie for Springtime & a Giveaway!

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Marilyn, my mother and grandmother were great bakers, too! I love to bake, but the problem is that I also love to eat what I bake. lol For Easter, we’re having family over – we’re thinking of making 2 lasagnas to feed them all. I was looking for a different recipe this morning, and I found my banana cream pie recipe. Or my husband makes a great cherry nut cake – and that won’t have to go in the fridge, which will be pretty full.

  2. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Marilyn!

    I’m a huge baker – we’re cheesecake nuts here! The last one I made was a tiramasu cheesecake. πŸ˜‰ :)But I also have a couple of cups of dates in the cupboard so I will try this recipe out. Thanks!
    Dale Mayer`s last blog was …Vampire in Defiance is live – book 5 of the Family Blood Ties!

    • marilynbrant says:

      Tiramisu Cheesecake! Ohh, emm, geeeeee πŸ˜› .
      I’m seriously in awe that you can make that!! I tried my hand at making just a regular tiramisu one time and it was, let’s just say, not quite at a professional level, LOL. We still ate every bite, though!
      marilynbrant`s last blog was …Prepping for St. Patrick’s Day

  3. Misty Evans says:

    Hi Marilyn. I love to bake when I have time and cookies are a staple in our house. I’m a fan of All Recipes and Betty Crocker, so I have those apps and find a recipe or six to try every week.

    I’m so ready for spring! in fact, I’d go right to summer if I could. This winter has been brutal.

    Here’s to many sales on Holiday Man! Your books always make me hungry. πŸ˜€

    • marilynbrant says:

      Thank you! πŸ™‚ And I hear ya about wanting to jump into summer! I don’t know anyone who’s here with us in Illinois that doesn’t desperately want winter to end… This year was insane.
      As for the recipes, those are such wonderful sites. I’ve found some great things on them both, most recently a bunch of slow-cooker recipes that make dinner prep easy and even pretty healthy!
      marilynbrant`s last blog was …Prepping for St. Patrick’s Day

  4. Hi Marilyn! I think you know I love to bake, but I have to say there isn’t one recipe that is specific to March and April. The one thing my family loves *all* the time is my banana bread. Oh wait, I usually always make monkey bread for brunch on Easter – and the recipe is one I think I got from you!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Robin Bielman`s last blog was …Meet the Cascade gang!

  5. LOL, Marilyn, the rain JUST started today in Western Australia to herald the start of autumn. My garden is so grateful πŸ™‚

    I love baking and I bake a lot, but at Easter, because it’s getting cooler, I tend to make things like cinnamon buns and hot cross buns, of course. And when winter comes, I love making malva pudding. It is my family’s favorite.

  6. Kristine R says:

    Okay since I can’t cook or bake I love to have triple chocolate truffle cake made for me. Oh and chocolate chip and macadamia cookies

Comments are closed.