Juicy Date Biscuits
December is the month of the year when everyone is getting into the `baking fever´. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not but you surely love to munch on some delicious home-made biscuits. Baking doesn´t just make your home smell after Bourbon Vanilla but also does satisfy your taste-buds. If you´re living in a country where Christmas is celebrated and streets are being decorated with lots of beautiful lights, then you might also be experiencing that calm and pleasant atmosphere outside while enjoying that dreamy cinnamon, apple and orange smell in the air. I don´t celebrate Christmas but I surely celebrate the time of winters with all the magic happening around this time. So back to baking some great cookies and cakes for this time of the year. I remember my best friend´s mother who is originally an Austrian (and hence a baker herself), she used to bake some delicious cookies for us, including these date biscuits. I couldn´t arrange her original recipe but therefore tried to combine another recipe and it turned out pretty well. At least my toddlers and husband finished them all very quick, so i guess they tasted quite good.
This recipe is very fast to make and doesn´t require many ingredients.
So finally, THE recipe:
Makes approx. 22 medium sized biscuits!
- 125g All purpose flour
- 115g Cold & soft unsalted butter
- 20g Icing Sugar
- 8g Vanilla Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Baking powder
- 10-13 Juicy Dates (pitted and cut into half)
- Pre-heat the oven at 160°C.
- In a bowl sieve the flour and the baking powder along with the sugars.
- Then add the softened butter and knead it to a dough like constancy. (Takes approx. 2 minutes)
- Keep the dough in the fridge covered for approx. 10 minutes.
- With a roller role out the dough and cut approx 22 equal size squares.
- Take each square into your hand and fill it with half a date and fold it. Role it carefully in your hand to form a ball with the date inside.
- Place the date balls on a tray with a baking sheet and bake for approx. 10-15mins or till baked.
- Enjoy hot with some Tea :)
The biscuits are easily breakable so you don´t want to grab them harshly. Touch them carefully, specially while still hot.