Cookies With Dates

Cookies With Dates |

We have started to count down for 2010. Everyone has been thinking of the good and bad points of the leaving year these days. When you turn on the TV, you see several programs on the events of 2009 and all people have wishes for the new year.

How was 2009 for my part? I was planning to create this blog at this time last year(2008). After discussing several things of the blog with hubby (thanks a million my dear for your help), we released Give Recipe in the first weeks of 2009. I remember how excited I got when I received the first comment. Now there are over 2000 comments in my blog, but I still get excited by a new one. Thank you everyone for commenting on my posts, I appreciate them much. The number of the posts is 153 with this one, and Give Recipe’s character has been getting more and more clear through these posts. At the beginning I wasn’t aware of how big the place of Give Recipe in my life would be, but I’ve realized before long that there isn’t a single day I don’t think of it. Also, I’ve had the chance of learning about the world of food blogs since the starting of Give Recipe. I have many blogger friends and I’ve learnt lots of new dishes from them so far. As I’m working as a teacher, I’ve been so busy with my students and school works for some months. That’s why I can’t find enough time to follow my favorite food blogs and commenting on them every time. But I’m trying to visit them whenever I have some time. I’m looking forward to Winter break to have more time to catch up what my friends are doing in their blogs.

The other nice event for me in 2009 was the birth of my niece, the cutest baby around the world. I love her so much that my eyes get full of tears whenever I look at her photo. I wish her all the best.

To say a sweet goodbye to 2009, I made these cookies with date. The best thing I love in them is the orange flavor. The cubes of orange zest are like little gifts hidden in the cookies.

Happy new year to everyone!

Cookies With Dates |

Hurmalı Kurabiye
Ingredients (8 or 10 servings)
For the dough:
–    2 cups flour
–    ½ cup ground pistachio
–    ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
–    1 tbsp vanilla
–    1 tbsp baking powder
–    1 egg white
–    125g butter, at room temperature and chopped in cubes
For the filling mixture:
–    1 orange zest, sliced in cubes
–    2tbsp orange juice
–    20 dates
–    3 tbsp ground hazelnut
–    2 tbsp hot water

For the filling mixture, remove the seeds of dates and wait them in hot water for some minutes so that they can be chopped easier.

Put the dates into a mini chopper, add hot water and orange juice and chop them. If it’s still so dry, add a little more hot water and mix together until combined well. Add hazelnut and orange zest cubes in this mixture.

Sift the flour on the counter. Add vanilla, pistachio, baking powder and confectioner’s sugar on it.  In the middle of the flour, toss the butter cubes and eg white. Knead this mixture well until it’s not sticky and soft enough.

Lay the baking sheet on an oven tray.

Preheat the oven at 170C.

Take walnut sized pieces from the dough, flatten them out, put enough filling mixture in them and roll them in your hands. Place the cookies on the baking sheet. Bake them for 20 minutes and take out from oven. Let them cold.

You can keep these in jars for a week. Put some orange zest slices in the jar if you like. It gives a fresh smell to the cookies.

Cookies With Dates |


  1. says

    It is always a pleasure to read your yummy blog Zerrin :)
    Wonderful cookies with orange flavor, mmm one of my favorite!

    Really hope a Fantastic New Year for you, your family and friends!:D



  2. says

    WoW, you share such wonderful Recipes with all of us!
    Thank you for all the time you have taken to share wonderful gifts of food with us. (hug) I hope you have a Wonderful New Year!!!

  3. says

    It sounds like 2009 was a fantastic year for you, Zerrin! And congrats on 153 posts, that is truly an accomplishment! I can’t wait to see what 2010 brings!

    These cookies sound perfect with the flavors of nuts, dates, and orange!

    Happy New Year to you and yours, Zerrin!

  4. Leesie says

    Happy New Year, to you too! Beautiful and lovely recipe and pictures, Zerrin. Thank you for all you share here on Give Recipe. I’ve learned so much from reading your blog.

    Warmest wishes and hugs…


  5. says

    this must be so good!! I love the combination of the ingredients…evrything put in is delicious. Yummm. :))

  6. cuisinetouria says

    salam zerrin
    this sounds so delicious
    best wishes for 2010

  7. OysterCulture says

    Zerrin, I for one am glad you were inspired enough to create this wonderful gift of knowledge that you continue to share, and I look forward to learning even more in 2010. Not only do I learn, I get amazing recipes to shock and amaze family and friends. Thank you!

  8. ann says

    just wanted to tell you. I discovered your blog a few months ago. I have really enjoyed every entry i’ve read.

  9. says

    Looks like the year 2009 was filled with excitement and happiness for you. I wish many more of those in the New Year!

    Great recipe as usual. I will give it a try one day for sure. I love hidden treasures inside the cookies:)

  10. says

    This cookie is really calling. I love the ground pistachio for the dough, and the filling just awesome.

  11. says

    Waw!! these sounds so delcious, Zerrin!!

    Very apart & ooh so festive too!! I so love the inside!!

    Happy new Year!

  12. says

    Thank you for sharing this recipe as I mentioned before these recipes are so foreign to me and I am truly inspired by them! Also, I feel the same way about my blog – it has truly become a big part of my life and “meeting” people like you makes it even more fulfilling!

  13. says

    This is really very interesting! A cookie that has a surprise in the middle when you bite into it! I am so glad to have found your blog this year. Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2010, filled with joy and laughter.


  14. says

    That’s very beautiful recipe. The filling looks absolutely gorgeous. Love the orange flavour. Being a teacher before I can understand the workload each day. But you have been amazing in giving us wonderful recipes each time. I can also identify with you about blogging. It actually blows my mind away. It has become such an interesting part of my life. The most amazing thing about blogging is meeting a lot of wonderful friends, friends like you, who make blogging very meaningful and fun. Wishing you and your family a most wonderful and prosperous New Year 2010! Mary from Scotland.

  15. says

    I like the combination of dates, orange zest and hazelnut filling. Looks delicious!

    Best wishes for 2010!

  16. says

    We’re well into 2010 by now, so Happy New Year Zerrin! It’s been great to learn so much through your blog and those cookies sound like a fabulous way to celebrate the past year and look forward to the new one.

  17. says

    When I first saw these I was like cookies? I read on and realised that they were cookies. I like them. We make something like this in the Caribbean we call it Rock Cake but it is coloured yellow. Anyways happy blog anniversary. I really like coming to this blog even if there are meat post because even reading them there is always something new to learn from them. Keep on posting and I will keep on commenting.


  18. says

    If I had orange zest right now I would make these cookies this very minute! Zerrin, I just wanted to stop by because I made the thimble soup AGAIN (because it is so good!), but I’m curious as to how to pronounce the turkish version. If you can explain it phonetically I would be so happy, as I’ve shared your link at a post on my blog.

    PS – any suggestions on your list of recipes that would go good with Efes beer?

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