Natasha's Railroad Cookies

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"I make these every Christmas and they always disappear! They get better and better on the days after they are baked, as the flavors meld and unite. In addition, if there is anyone in your family or set of friends who is lactose intolerant, these are perfect."

Original recipe yields 16-18 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (130.1 g)
  • Calories 497.5
  • Total Fat - 17.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 39.1 mg
  • Sodium - 168.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 82.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.7 g
  • Sugars - 55.7 g
  • Protein - 5.3 g
  • Calcium - 22.6 mg
  • Iron - 0.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 0.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

For Filling: Combine dates, granulated sugar and water in a medium saucepan; bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, stir over medium-low heat for 3 minutes or until water is absorbed and mixture is thick, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Stir in vanilla and ground nuts. Cool.

Step 2

Beat shortening, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a very large mixing bowl. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Stir together 2 cups of flour, the baking soda, cinnamon, cream of tartar, and salt in a medium bowl. Add to sugar mixture; beat well. Beat or stir in the remaining flour to make a firm dough. Divide dough into two portions; wrap and chill until easy to handle.

Step 3

Roll half of the dough on a lightly floured surface into a 13x9 inch rectangle and 1/4 inch thick. Spread with half of the filling. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting from one long edge. Cover the roll with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2-24 hours. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.

Step 4

Slice and roll into 1/4 inch thick slices. Place about 2 inches apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven about 8 minutes or till lightly browned. Cool on wire rack. Store in tightly covered container.

Step 5

Yield: Makes 60 - 70 Cookies.

Tips & Variations

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1 Reviews


Delicious cookies FEM. These are so good, I served some soft and some a little crisp... both versions were awesome, the flavor of these cookies is perfect. Loved the hint of cinnamon. Thank you for sharing a recipe, that we will enjoy again. Made for Down Home Cooking.


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(23 Dec 2017)

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