Cherry Walnut Cookies

Who doesn’t love COOKIES! I remember my baking days. The ones where I would spend HOURS in the kitchen experimenting with elaborate recipes for cookies, cakes, pies, brownies, and donuts. You name it and I probably had a Pinterest fail for it. Actually, I do think I am a pretty good baker. I don’t get to bake as often these days though and when I do, I want it to be something my whole family can enjoy.  I also try to find a nice balance between the sugary baked goods and the ones that are a bit more nutritious. These cookies are great for kids and adults since they contain no added sugar. The key to making them toddler friendly is to make sure the dates, crackers, and walnuts are very well blended. They are also perfect for a pick me up snack or for when those late-night cravings strike.

Ingredients:

16 graham crackers

1 can (14oz) evaporated milk

12 oz Medjool dates (pitted)

2 cups walnuts

24 maraschino cherries (halved)

Directions:

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Process graham crackers in a food processor until crumbly. In a medium bowl, combine cracker crumbs and evaporated milk; let sit while completing next steps.  In food processer, process dates and walnuts until mixture is very crumbly and completely blended (about 1 min). Add date walnut mixture to bowl with graham crackers and stir to combine. Top with two cherry halves. Drop by 1 tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheets. Bake for 9-12 minutes or until set. Edges will be slightly brown. Fully cool before removing.