Day 345 Date Cakes

I’m still not feeling great (in fact I posted this before it was done) so I looked for a simple recipe. The title makes this seem complex but reading the recipe in the 1906 Berlin Cook Book reveals it is easy. I am making Mrs. H. Rathman’s Date Cakes.

I can make cookie dough in my sleep so I made one I know well. I creamed 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup white sugar, and 1 cup butter. Then I added 2 eggs and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. I added 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt. When that was mixed I took a few dates, removed pits and substituted blanched whole almonds. I took pieces of dough and rolled them in my hands to make strips that I wrapped around the dates. I baked them at 350 for 10 minutes. I put the rest of the dough away to use another day when I feel better.

Mrs. H. Rathman is a frequent contributor to the Berlin Cook Book so I’ve talked about her a number of times.

Date Cakes

Date Cakes

The date cakes looked perfect when they came out of the oven. I tasted one while it was still warm and then tried another cool one. These are a great little treat. I really liked them but I love dates, almonds and cookies. The only suggestion I’d add is to toast the almonds. They would be a different addition to a plate of mixed cookies. When I feel better, I’ll make them again.

Mrs. H. Rathman
Take stone out of date and put almond in place, make a nice cookie dough, cut in narrow strips and wrap around the date, leaving both ends of date projecting, then bake.

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One Response to Day 345 Date Cakes

  1. Desmond says:

    Actually, I know you were thinking of doing this as a quiet day thing…but they’re a nice, simple, festive Christmasy cookie by the looks of things.

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