Mescouta (Date Cookies)


  • 6 eggs, well beaten
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (1 stick) melted butter or margarine
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • ½ cup walnuts or almonds, finely chopped
  • ⅓ cup raisins, seedless
  • 3 Tablespoons confectioners' sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In large mixing bowl, mix eggs, sugar, vanilla, and melted butter or margarine by hand (or with an electric mixer) until well-blended (mix for about 3 minutes).
  3. Gradually stir in flour and baking powder, a little at a time, stirring with a wooden spoon to blend.
  4. Add dates, nuts, and raisins, and mix well.
  5. Pour mixture into greased 8- or 9-inch square cake pan.
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. While still warm, cut into rectangular bars about an inch wide.
  8. Put 3 Tablespoons confectioners' sugar into a small dish.
  9. Roll each bar in confectioners' sugar.
  10. Store bars in a box with wax paper between layers.
Makes 24 to 30 bars.

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