Date Chewies with Sour Cream

Preparation info

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Appears in

The Cookie Lover's Cookie Book

The Cookie Lover's Cookie Book

By Richard Sax

Published 1986

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These cookie jar cookies are based on recipes for Billy Goats, which are old favorites in California, and also in the South.


  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups chopped pitted dates (1 pound)


    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter two cookie sheets; set aside.
    2. Cream the butter and sugar in an electric mixer at medium speed until light, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and then the sour cream, beating until the mixture is smooth.
    3. Meanwhile, sift together both flours, the baking powder, baking soda, and allspice on a sheet of wax paper. Lower the mixer speed and gradually add the dry mixture to the butter until blended; do not overbeat. Stir in the walnuts and the dates.
    4. Drop the mixture by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the cookie sheets, spacing them inches apart. Bake until lightly browned, 15 to 17 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container, with wax paper between the layers.