In one week it will be Christmas Eve. All around the world children will be tucked up in bed trembling with anticipation of the arrival of Santa Claus. Christians of all nationalities will be preparing to celebrate the birth of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. This is a time that never fails to bring wonder, faith and togetherness for many.
Today also marks the final week in the Twelve Weeks of Christmas Cookies that I have been participating in for the past 3 months. In this time I have come to know and enjoy many wonderful blogs and learnt many new recipes for interesting cookies. Thank you to all who have participated and visited my blog while I have been able to also discover yours. We have had so much fun!
So for the final cookie I chose another old Australian favourite - Date Shells. They are simple but delicious with the whole dried date in the centre. What I love about them is that the pastry is wrapped around the date to resemble a "babe in swadling clothes" - baby Jesus. It is because of this that I think they are perfect for Christmas. Don't you?
1/2 cup castor sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup self raising flour
1 cup plain flour
approx 240g dried dates
Beat the butter and sugar to a cream. Add the egg and cinnamon. Sift the flours and add gradually to the mixture. Mix to a stiff paste. Wrap in plastic. Rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Roll out to 3 mm thickness cut into small rounds according to the size of your dates. Fold over with a date between. Bake 170C for 10 minutes.
When cool dust with icing sugar.