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       Title: Date-Filled Drop Cookies
  Categories: Cookies
       Yield: 60 servings
  
            Date filling:
       2 c  Dates; finely chopped
     3/4 c  Sugar
     3/4 c  Water
     1/2 c  Chopped pecans or walnuts
            Cookies:
       1 c  Shortening
       2 c  Brown sugar; firmly packed
       2    Eggs
     1/2 c  Buttermilk
       1 ts Vanilla
   3 1/2 c  Sifted flour
       1 ts Salt
       1 ts Baking soda
     1/4 ts Cinnamon
  
     Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream shortening and brown
   sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs; beat well. Stir in buttermilk and
   vanilla; blend thoroughly. Sift flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon
   tgether. Add to creamed mixture; beat well. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto
   greased cookie sheets; allow 2 between drops. Place 1/2 teaspoon of
   Filling on dough. Cover filling with another 1/2 teaspoon of dough. Bake 10
   to 12 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned and test done. Remove
   to cooling racks.
      Makes 5 to 6 dozen.
  
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