"As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy, and to make plans."--Ernest Hemingway
1/2 pound chopped dates 4 tablespoons boiling water 1 cup shortening 1 cup light brown sugar 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 eggs, beaten 1 teaspoon baking soda 3 cups flour 1 cup chopped nuts 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cut dates with shears or choppers. Pour boiling water over dates. Let stand while mixing other ingredients. Mix sugar and shortening first. Beat until well blended. Then add rest of ingredients. Fold in chopped dates. Drop cookies on baking sheet. Bake until light brown about 10 to 15 minutes in a 375º oven.
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