Date-Nut Cookie Filling
This is an all-purpose filling that can be used for cookies, bars, etc. I use it most often to fill hamantaschen. Extremely simple and delicious.
chopped (one commercial box)
or pecans, finely chopped
In a medium-small saucepan, stir together the dates, water and sugar. Heat to boiling over medium heat. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens, about 4 or 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and cool 5 minutes. Stir in orange zest and vanilla extract; set aside and cool completely before filling cookies or pastries.
NOTE: This filling will keep in the freezer for months or can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.