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      1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
      1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
      1/2 cup walnut pieces, chopped
      1/2 t. baking powder
      1/8 t. salt
      1 cup chopped dates

      1. Layer all ingredients except dates attractively in any order into 1-quart
      food storage jar with tight-fitting lid. Pack ingredients down slightly before
      adding another layer.

      Place dates in resealable plastic food storage bag; seal
      bag. Use dates as final layer in jar.
      2. Cover top of jar with fabric; attach gift tag with raffia or ribbon.
      Makes one 1-quart jar.

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      Date Nut Gems

      1 jar Date-Nut Gems Mix
      1/2 cup water
      1/2 cup butter, softened
      1 egg
      2 t. rum extract
      1/4 cup vegetable oil

      1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease cookie sheets.

      Remove dates from
      plastic food storage bag in jar. Place dates in small bowl and add water; set
      aside.
      2. Beat butter in large bowl until smooth.

      Beat in egg and rum extract until
      blended. (Mixture may appear curdled.) Add remaining cookie mix to butter
      mixture; stir until well blended. Add oil and beat until well blended.

      Drain
      dates and stir into dough.
      3. Drop level tablespoonfuls dough about 1 1/2 inches apart onto prepared
      cookie sheets; flatten dough slightly. Bake 14 minutes or until just set.
      Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
      Makes 2 dozen cookies

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