Friday, August 29, 2014

The Cookie Project: Krispie Date Cookies

Welcome fall, football, and Krispie Date Cookies! This special recipe comes from my fellow Inkling, critique partner, lake neighbor, and dear friend Martha Bryant.  Martha is like a soft steady rain—quiet, comforting, and nurturing.  She also has a winning smile and laser sharp critique skills! You are going to love these yummy nibblets of goodness.

New technique alert: Krispie Date Cookies are made on the stove!   It was one hundred degrees outside when I decided to try Martha’s recipe so keeping the kitchen oven off was a welcome relief.  The cookie mixture is very “hands on.” Not only do your upper arms get a work out from all of the stirring, you get to “play” with the dough as you roll it in the coconut.  I can see how this would be fun to make with kids because making the cookie balls is very similar to play dough and you can eat it!

Krispie Date Cookies from the recipe files of Martha Lea Bryant
Martha is Contest Queen at OWFI!

1 Cup Butter
1 Cup Sugar
1 ½ Cup chopped dates
1 egg (lightly beaten)
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 Cups Rice Krispies
1 ½ Cups Pecans

Put Rice Krispies in a large bowl.

On stove-top:  melt butter, add sugar, and stir until dissolved.  Add dates cooking for approximately 3 minutes, stir mixture well while cooking.  Add beaten egg, cook for 5 minutes more.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and nuts. 

Pour hot mixture over Rice Krispies and mix thoroughly (Added bonus: Krispies will do their snap* crackle*pop song while you are stirring!).  Let the mixture cool.  When cool enough to handle, form into small cookie balls and roll in coconut.

Krispie Date Cookies are fun to make, but are best appreciated by a sophisticated palate.The subtle layering of flavors will impress your book club buddies but might get ignored by the little ones- more for you! These are just right for Fall weather and a perfect complement to hot coffee  or hot tea. (Take two they’re small)

This delicious cookie recipe will be the last installment of The Cookie Project until December- where we will expand our collection of “Grammy-like” recipes to include other types of baked goods.