In return I was lucky enough to receive three wonderful packages myself. Two varieties of beautiful shortbread from Sara of Belly Rumbles, three varieties of traditional Chinese cookies from V Vien of We Dare Food and cranberry and white chocolate cookies from Daisy of Never too Sweet. A whole lot of yum going on in this house at the moment!
I used some old Leunig wrapping paper to wrap my cookie gifts. I have been hanging on to it for years waiting for the right time to use it and this felt like a special enough occasion.
I normally don't post recipes, but of course I have made an exception this time so that the deliciousness of these biscuits can be experienced by all.
Date and Walnut biscuits
250g dates, stoned
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
3 tbsp sour cream
175g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F) and grease baking trays, or line them with baking paper. Cut dates into pieces using scissors (I used a knife) and mix with walnuts. Cream butter and sugar (in a thermomix if you have one!) and beat in eggs until light, then beat in sour cream. Mix a third of the flour into the dates and nuts to coat them well. (I spent some time making sure all of the date pieces had been separated and coated at this point.) Combine remaining ingredients and stir into egg mixture with dates and nuts. Drop spoonfuls of batter onto baking trays. Bake for about 10 minutes until browned. Cool on a wire rack.
What a fabulous experience. Many thanks to Love and Olive Oil for making this fun Christmas activity possible. Bring on Cookie Swap 2013!