Date Pecan Cookies

Nuts such as pecans are packed with protein and folic acid making them a great snacking item for those who are pregnant or looking to become pregnant. Folic Acid is a key nutrient that women should increase their levels of even before becoming pregnant. It helps fight against pre-mature babies as well as spinal and brain birth defects. Making these cookies a delish way to stay healthy.

 

Ingredients
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup whole wheat all-purpose flour
1/2 TSP baking powder
1/4 TSP salt
1 package (8 ounces) pitted dates, chopped
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup icing sugar for rolling *optional

In a mixing bowl beat sugar with eggs until fluffy. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Blend dry ingredients into the sugar mixture. Fold in dates and pecans. Spoon batter into a greased 8-inch square pan; bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and stir immediately with a wooden spoon.

Let cool completely, then roll mixture into 1-inch balls. If you like, put icing sugar onto a plate and roll pecan date balls until coated.

*Inspired by an About.com recipe

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