Orange Date Pecan Cookie Recipe

The orange date pecan cookie recipe turns out a perfect tender morsel that makes a great compliment to a hot cup of tea or coffee!


1 (10 ounce) package chopped dates
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 tablespoon orange juice
2 sticks (1 cup) of salted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely chopped toasted pecans

Large bowl
Medium bowl
Small bowl
9 x 5-inch loaf pan
Aluminum foil
Food processor (optional)
Cookie sheets

Step 1: Line a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with aluminum foil; set aside.
Step 2: In a food processor or with a knife, chop dates and orange rind finely. Mix chopped dates and orange rind into a small bowl with 1 tablespoon of orange juice; set aside.
Step 3: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
Step 4: In a large bowl, beat butter on medium speed with an electric mixer for 30 seconds.
Step 5: Gradually add sugar until blended.
Step 6: Add egg and vanilla extract; beat well.
Step 7: Add flour mixture and beat until just blended.
Step 8: Divide dough into 3 sections.
Step 9: Knead 1/2 cup of chopped pecans into the first piece of dough. Press dough into prepared pan.
Step 10: Knead date mixture in 1 portion of dough. Press in pan over pecan dough.
Step 11: Knead remaining 1/2 cup of chopped pecans into remaining portion of dough. Press in pan over date dough.
Step 12: Cover dough and chill for at least 2 hours.
Step 13: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 14: Lightly grease or spray cookie sheets with no-stick cooking spray; set aside.
Step 15: Invert loaf pan onto cutting board and discard aluminum foil..
Step 16: Cut dough crosswise into 1/4-inch slices. Place slices 1 1/2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.
Step 17: Bake for 9-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cookies set for 1 minute before transferring to a cooling surface.

The Orange Date Pecan Cookie Recipe makes about 8 dozen cookies.