Lillian’s Date Drop Cookies


I found this recipe today just as I was about to begin my holiday cookie baking. It was hand written on a small piece of notebook paper tucked in the Betty Crocker Cooky Book Ken’s Great Aunt Dee had given me a couple of years ago. The book had belonged to her mother, Lillian.

This is the first Christmas we won’t be getting our annual call from Aunt Dee wishing us a Merry Christmas. She passed away this past summer. It’s funny I should find this recipe today. Just a few weeks ago at Thanksgiving, Ken’s dad had mentioned how good these date cookies were as we were recalling old family recipes – and he wasn’t sure where the recipe for them was. Who knew I had it all along. I have two copies of the Cooky Book, so I somehow missed the recipe tucked in this copy for all those years.

Anyway, I had to make it. I hope you’ll give it a try too. Here’s the recipe…

Recipe: Date Drop Cookies

Summary: An old-fashioned crisp brown sugar cookie with dates and pecans.


  • 1 cup butter or shortening (I used 1/2 cup each)
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup chopped dates


  1. Cream butter.
  2. Add sugar.
  3. Add eggs (well beaten).
  4. Add flour – alternate with water.
  5. Add chopped dates and nuts.
  6. Drop on cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 400 degrees – 12 to 15 minutes.

Cooking time: 12 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 3 dozen cookies

Published by Lori

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