Learn how to make Date-Nut Cookies, one of Rita's recipes for cooking with less salt.

Date-Nut Cookies


  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • ½ cup water
  • 1¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup butter-canola oil blend or no-trans-fat spread
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons rum extract
  • ½ cup walnut pieces, chopped


  1. Soak dates in small bowl at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat cookie sheets with cooking spray; set aside.
  3. Combine flour and baking powder in medium bowl with a whisk.
  4. Beat butter blend in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Gradually beat in brown sugar; increase speed to high and beat until light and fluffy.
  5. Beat in egg and rum extract until fluffy.
  6. Gradually stir in flour mixture alternately with date mixture, mixing just until combined after each addition. Stir in walnuts until blended.
  7. Drop level tablespoonfuls of dough 1½ inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.
  8. Bake 14 minutes or until just set. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store in airtight container. Makes 2 dozen cookies.