Holidays & Special Occasions Easter- Ostara Honey and Date Sandwich Cookies

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      Honey and Date Sandwich Cookies
      Cookies:2 cups all purpose flour
      1/2 cup sugar
      1/2 tsp salt
      1 1/2 Sticks unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1″ pieces
      1 tsp vanilla
      1 cup buttermilk
      Filling:
      12 Dates, pitted
      1 cup hot water
      1 tbs honey
      pinch of salt
      Add the pitted dates to a bowl and fill with the cup of hot water. Allow to soak for at least 30 minutes. When ready, add the dates and about 1/4 cup of the water to a food processor along with the honey and salt.

      Puree until completely smooth.
      To make the cookies, sift together the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter or fork. You can also do this in a stand mixer.
      Add the vanilla and buttermilk and stir until combined.

      Note that the batter will probably be too thick for a mixer and you will need to do this by hand. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and form into a disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
      Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

      Roll out the cookie dough, on a well floured surface, to about 1/4″ thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out rounds and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12-14 min and allow to cool for at least 15 min before moving.

      The cookies will be very soft when you take them out of the oven but will harden after cooling.
      Place a tbs of honey date filling in the center of one cookie and top with a second cookie to spread the filling. A 3″ cutter will yield about 16 cookies which will be 8 sandwiched cookies.

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Holidays & Special Occasions Easter- Ostara Honey and Date Sandwich Cookies