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Before telling you how to  make these delicious cookies, I wanted to share some thoughts with you.

I was thinking how much I have learnt from sitting at a table with my family eating dinner, firstly with my parents and then with my family. From helping my mother lay the table with my sister and brother I realized that dinner was a time for order and sharing. Time when you thought of others before yourself. I was taught to offer to serve the person next to me before serving myself. I was taught to take my time with my meal and to savour every taste. I listened to what my family had been doing during the day and they listened to me. It was not always a perfect experience and there were fights, tears and glasses of water knocked over, however these rituals do a have a place in society.

Later with my family I tried to teach my children similar values. These values that you learn while eating with your family and friends are the values that will help you get through life. The sharing and consideration you learn will help you become a valued member of society. The waiting for dinner even though you are hungry, teaches you patience. It makes me sad to hear society is not sitting together for meals or cooking their own meals. Not just because I love to cook. I also love what the ritual of eating together teaches our families.

Now that I have that off my chest here is what you were really wanting to know… the recipe for Sticky Date Cookies with caramel icing.  These are very yummy.

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The recipe is not mine but adapted from many available on the net. I haven’t listed them all but if you do a Google search and you will see.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 150g butter
  • 4 tbs golden syrup
  • 1/2 tbs baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cup flour (plain)
  • 1 1/14 cup rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup tightly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence

Caramel Icing

  • 40g butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbs full cream milk
  • 2/3 cup icing mixture

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C. Line two oven trays with baking paper.
  2. Combine chopped dates, butter and syrup in a medium saucepan. Heat together over medium heat until butter is boiling. Add in baking soda. Remove from heat. The dates should be soft.
  3. Once mixture is lukewarm, mix in eggs and essence until well combined.
  4. Place butter mixture in a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth or very slightly chunky.
  5. Combine oats, sifted flour and sugar in a large bowl. Gently pour in butter mixture while continually stirring.
  6. Mix until well combined. Roll together heaped tablespoons of cookie dough and place on baking trays, 5cm apart. Flatten to approximately 1 cm thickness.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden (mine were done in 15 so watch out).
  8. Cool on trays for 5-10 minutes before cooling completely on a wire rack.
  9. Box and store in an airtight container.
  10. Icing: Combine sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan over low heat and stir until mixed through and sugar has dissolved (approximately 2 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in icing sugar. Wrap saucepan top in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes to thicken slightly. Pipe or drizzle using a small nozzle over cooled cookies.
  11. They will become softer once the icing is placed inside.

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