Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ruth Bertsch's Date Filled Cookies

This cookie is a favorite of the Bertsch Family. The grandkids have been asking for the recipe. Everyone loved Ruth's cookies that she made every Christmas.

Dough -

1 cup Crisco
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs (beaten)
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water

Directions - Beat Crisco and sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs, then the remainder of ingredients.

Filling -

1 cup chopped fresh dates
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup water
2 T flour

Boil filling until thick and well blended.

Drop a spoonful of dough on a cookie sheet, make a small indentation in the top of the cookie, and fill with the date filling. Put a little more dough on the top and bake at 350 degrees. Until done, check to determine.

Note to family. I could not find a copy of her actual recipe. This recipe comes from her Hazen, ND, English Lutheran Church cookbook compilation of 1965. It was from Mrs Harold Netzer. Ruth probably knew this woman at one time.