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Billy Goats
(about 50 cookies)

1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup sour cream
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
2 cups chopped walnuts
2 cups finely chopped dates

Preheat the oven to 375'F and grease some cookie sheets. Cream the
shortening and sugar together. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat
until smooth and blended, then beat in the sour cream. Combine the
flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, and
allspice, then stir and toss them together. Add to the first mixture
and beat until completely mixed. Add the nuts and dates and mix
well. Drop heaping teaspoonfuls of the dough about 2 inches apart
on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for about 12 minutes, until
the cookies are delicately browned around the edges. Transfer to
racks to cool completely.

Many West Coast regional cookbooks have recipes for these thick,
soft date-and-nut cookies. In other parts of the country they used
to be called 'rocks' a reference to their shape, not their texture!.


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