dreamstime_6843355This recipe is one given to me by my husband’s great-grandmother. These cookies were a staple at my husband’s house at Christmas. They sound a little old-fashioned with the nuts and dates, but do try them because if you don’t, you will really miss out on a great Christmas cookie.

Russian Rocks Cookies

1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. butter
3 eggs
1 1/2 c. chopped pecans
pinch of salt
3 c. flour
1 heaping c. dates, (1/2 lb. pkg pre-cut)
1 t vanilla

Cream butter and sugar, add well beaten eggs.  Add flour and water alternately.  Then add dates, nuts, and vanilla. To cut the dates, dredge in a bit of flour to cut the stickiness. Drop by teaspoons on greased cookie sheet and cook at 325 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Makes about 100 cookies.

Recipe by Martha Collins. Photo Credit © Vaeenma | Dreamstime.com