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Date and Nut Dainties

By: 
The Garden City Jewish Center Sisterhood
Date and Nut Dainties
Photo: Deborah Rood Goldman

These date and nut morsels are perfect for Tu BiShvat, when it is customary to eat foods containing the Seven Species, which includes dates. 

Ingredients: 
DAINTIES:
2 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 (7 1/2 oz.) pkg. dates, cut up
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
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TOPPINGS:
candied cherries, cut up
chocolate chips
Directions: 
  • Preaheat oven to 325°F. Grease and flour a cookie sheet.
  • Beat the egg whites until stiff. Gradually add the sugar and salt. Continue beating until thick. Add the lemon juice and fold in the dates and nuts.
  • Drop by teaspoonfuls on cookie sheet, and leave room for spreading.
  • Decorate the top of each cookie with a piece of candied cherry or chocolate chip.
  • Bake for 10 minutes and then reduce to 225°F. The dainties are done when slightly browned.
  • Remove from pan with a spatula as soon as done and cool on a wire cake rack.