The Sharing of Recipes: Date-Filled Cookies.

date-filled-cookies-1A special recipe to share today, Date-Filled Cookies. Inked by Nana in her very distinct handwriting, the filled cookies have such a rich sweetness and are reminiscent of days past. The tender cookies make a delightful presentation with their dark contrast of the date filling and the lightly toasted color of the cookies themselves. They come as quite a surprise to some palettes today, as dates aren't used in too many recipes nowadays.

date-filled-cookies-2Mom actually has to special order a Date Bar Mix from the grocery store, as they've stopped carrying them due to popularity - but are SUCH a treat to enjoy!

I do hope you'll give these a try and keep the dates ever-present in cooking for generations to come.

The Sharing of Recipes: Thin Chocolate Covered Mint Wafers.

thin-chocolate-covered-mint-wafersAnother nod to the Girl Scouts with this lovely recipe for Thin Chocolate Covered Mint Wafers. This one is certainly reminiscent of the ever-popular Thin Mints that we've all come to know and love. This easy recipe is one I again love for its inclusion of extract, or oil of peppermint. It is far more popular than other extracts we've featured before (like rose or black walnut) but still hints at that made-from-scratch quality that makes this one special.

Mom always stores her Thin Mints in the freezer, to be enjoyed with a nice cold crispness to them - and I'd recommend you trying this recipe in the same manner just for kicks. They would also be delightful on a scoop of vanilla bean ice milk. Mmmm the delight!