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Date Nut Cookies | Thumbprint Filled

These soft chewy cookies are delicious and so easy to make. A real favorite to all who eat them!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Keyword date nut cookies, fruit cookies, thumbprint cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 48 Cookies
Calories 145kcal


Date Mixture:

  • 2 cups dates pitted, chopped
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup walnuts chopped

Cookie Mixture:

  • 2 sticks butter room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar loosely packed
  • ¾ cup cane sugar
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 ounce amaretto
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon salt


  • Chop the dates and place them in a saucepan. Add sugar and water and heat on medium high until it comes to a boil. Stir until thickened (around 5 - 10 minutes)
  • Once thickened, turn off heat, add walnuts, stir and set aside
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • In mixer, place butter and sugars and mix until creamed
  • Add sour cream, amaretto and eggs and mix until incorporated. (It will be loose)
  • Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and mix until incorporated
  • Take small amount of dough in your hand and roll into 1 inch balls and place on cookie sheets
  • Stick your thumb in each ball and then fill the thumbprint with the date mixture
  • Bake for 11 - 13 minutes until lightly brown
  • Let cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheets before removing to wire racks
  • Eat
  • Smile
  • Enjoy


Serving: 2cookies | Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.6mg