These are simple cakey cookies I had found in Tarla Dala cookbook.The recipe is super simple yet full of fibre.Soya flour together with wheat flour make it superhealthy and dates act a substite to sugar thus reducing it and also supplementing iron.
Dates Puree :
1/4 cup dates desseeded + 1/2 cup water.
Soya flour: 1/4 cup
Whole Wheat flour:1/4 cup
Apple sauce or low fat butter:4 tbsp
Sugar: 2 tbsp
Chop the dates into small pieces and add 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup of water.Bring to a boil in non stick pan and then reduce heat and let it simmer for 10-12 minutes till the dates are cmplpetely mashed into the puree.Cool down and keep aside.This gives to almost 4-6 tbsp.
In a big bowl mix together both the flours and the sugar.Add in 1/4 cup of apple sauce and mix together till the dough starts forming or the entire mix resemble coarse breadcrumbs.You can also use lowfat butter or oil instead of this.Since oil/butter is used for moisture,it can be replaced by fruit purees like applesauce and thus reduce the unwanted fat given by oil/butter.
To the crumbly mass, add in spoonfuls of date puree till a sticky dough forms.Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap,try shaping it into a log and refrigerate it for atleast half and hour.
I actually kept it in the freezer for 30 minutes,but it showed no signs of firming.And it is not because of applesauce as I experimented the second time with lowfat butter and third time with a mix of butter and applesauce(2tbsp each) and also reduced the date puree.Still the results were same.So my assumption is the addition of dates could have caused it.
Take the dough out of the fridge and if firm roll it out into a thin sheet and cut into shapes using your choice of cookie cutters.Else simply cut the log shaped dough into thin or thick cookies.I found both impossible so I simply tore up pieces of dough,formed into small rounds and then flattened it and placed it in a lined baking sheet.
Bake in a preheated oven at 360F/180C for 22-25 minutes or till they are golden brown.
The cookies are very soft or cakey.More date puree you add the more cakier it will become.But the cookies are terribly delicious.The aroma of baked dates from the oven is terrific.The cookies which were only 12 (as minimum amount of flours were used) where polished off within half an hour.