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Words & Brush Recipe Corner: Date and Nut Cookies

 Date and Nut Cookies

By PASCALE PEREZ-RUBIN, Jerusalem Post, NOVEMBER 18, 2023 


                     Date and Nut Cookies (photo credit: PASCALE PEREZ-RUBIN)

Makes 35-40 cookies.



  • 3 cups flour, sifted
  • ½ cup orange juice or milk
  • 1 egg (or 1 egg yolk)
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 200 gr. butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp. rum concentrate
  • 1 packet vanilla sugar
  • 1 packet baking powder


  • 1 container of date spread
  • 1 cup walnuts, pecans, or candied pecans, ground
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup halva, crumbled
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves

Egg wash:

  • 1 egg, beaten, plus 1 Tbsp. water


  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • ¼ cups powdered sugar

To prepare the dough:

Place the flour in the bowl of an electric mixer. Form a well in the center, then add the orange juice or milk. Add the egg, powdered sugar, butter or margarine, rum concentrate, vanilla sugar, and baking powder. Mix on medium speed until the dough falls away from the sides of the bowl. If necessary, add a little more flour. Alternatively, you can mix by hand. Let the dough rest in the fridge for an hour. 

Separate the dough into three equal sections. Flour your work surface, then roll out each section into a rectangle that is ½ cm thick. Spread 1/3 of the filling on each section, then add 1/3 of the nuts, chocolate, and halva. 

Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top, then roll up the dough into a tube, starting with the side closest to you. Seal the edge well. Prepare the other two in the same fashion. 

Place the three rolled-up dough tubes onto a greased pan, or on a pan covered with baking paper, and brush with egg wash. Take a knife and gently make light indentations where you’ll be cutting the loaf into slices. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top, then bake in an oven that has been preheated to 180° for 30 minutes, until the dough turns golden brown. 

Let the loaves cool down. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top, then slice the loaf. Place the cookies into a plastic container that can easily be transported to the soldiers serving on the front lines.

  • Level of difficulty: Medium
  • Time: 1.5 hours
  • Status: Parve/dairy


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