Shop Sale at Williams-Sonoma
Makes about 9 dozen
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water
1 cup walnuts (4 ounces), finely chopped
1 pound dried pitted dates,
finely chopped with an oiled knife
(2 cups) 2 cups confectioners sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 13- by 9- by 2-inch metal
baking pan, then line with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on 2 opposite sides,
and butter foil. Whisk together flour, salt, and spices.
butter and granulated sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high
speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes in a standing mixer (preferably
fitted with paddle attachment) or 6 minutes with a handheld.
to low and add eggs 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition.
baking soda mixture and mix until combined. Add flour mixture, walnuts, and
dates and mix until just combined. Spread batter evenly in baking pan and bake
in middle of oven until a tester comes out clean, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool in
pan on a rack 15 minutes. Carefully lift date mixture out of pan using foil
overhang and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 1-inch squares and peel from
foil. Toss warm squares a few at a time in confectioners sugar, then transfer
to a rack to cool completely. Sprinkle with more confectioners sugar just
Cookies keep in an airtight container at room temperature 1