2012 Holiday Collection: Gluten-Free Date-Walnut Logs

My mom had a standard repertoire at Christmas that included a date-walnut cookie that has since become one of my own Christmas standards. This moist, dense cookie is sweetened with dates, coconut and brown sugar. It is gluten-free, giving you another tasty option for people with celiac disease. This recipe is in my book Gluten Free Cookies.

Date Walnut Logs
Makes about 3 dozen
1 cup walnuts, ground
1/2 cup pitted dates, ground
3/4 cup flaked coconut, chopped
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 egg, slightly beaten

Coconut and chopped walnuts for rolling.

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease baking sheet.

Mix together walnuts, dates, coconut, sugar and eggs. Shape into rolls 3/4 inch in diameter and 11/4 inches long. Roll in coconut or chopped walnuts.

Bake on greased cookie sheets about 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to racks to cool.

Store in airtight containers for up to one week.