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  1. DATE NUT FILLING: 1 package (8 oz.) dates -- cut up

  2. 1/2 cup water

  3. 1/2 cup sugar

  4. 1 Tablespoon lemon juice

  5. 1/4 cup chopped nuts

  6. COOKIE DOUGH: 1 cup butter -- room temperature

  7. 2 cups packed brown sugar

  8. 2 eggs

  9. 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla

  11. 4 cups all purpose flour -- sifted

  12. 1 teaspoon baking soda

  13. 1 teaspoon salt

  14. Mix together all filling ingredients in small saucepan; cook over medium/low heat until dates are soft. Cool; set aside. Make dough by creaming together butter and sugar in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs; beat well. Add lemon juice and vanilla; stir. Sift flour; add baking soda and salt. Sift again. Add to creamed mixture; mix well. (Mixture will be somewhat soft.) Divide dough in half; place on well-floured surface. Roll each out into rectangles about 1/2 inch thick. Spread evenly with filling. Roll up as for jelly roll. Cover with plastic wrap. Slice 1/8 to 1/4 thick with sharp knife. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 400 for about 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. (Cookies freeze well.) Yield 4-5 dozen.


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