Date and walnut rock cakes

    30 min

    These little scone-like buns are sweet, warmly spiced and dotted with chopped dates and walnuts. Enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee.

    18 people made this

    Makes: 36 

    • 300g caster sugar
    • 115g butter
    • 3 eggs
    • 300g sifted plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1 teaspoon hot water
    • 300g dates, pitted and chopped
    • 350g chopped walnuts

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the hot water, add it to the egg mixture. Stir in the flour and cinnamon until well blended. Finally, stir in the dates and walnuts so they are evenly distributed.
    3. Drop heaped spoons of the batter onto an ungreased baking tray. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden.

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    This is a wonderful recipe that is totally addicting. My son gave me the recipe and he said it was being passed all around offices on the east and west coast. A good change from chocolate chips.  -  15 Jan 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    A good, soft cookie. The walnuts and dates make it really different from other holiday cookies.  -  20 Dec 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    nice,sweet and soft cookies  -  15 Oct 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)