Federation Biscuits

    30 minutes

    This recipe was contributed to the Centenary of Federation celebrations in 2001 by the great-granddaughter of Henry & Isabella Parkes.

    10 people made this

    Serves: 50 

    • 150 g butter
    • 1 cup caster sugar
    • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
    • ½ teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 cup of hot water
    • 1 ½ cups chopped, pitted dates
    • 1 ½ cups sultanas
    • 1 2/3 cups plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 125 grams walnuts, chopped

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C
    2. IN a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar in a bowl until well combined. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until they are combined, do not overbeat. Dissolve the soda in hot water, and add to the dates and raisins. Stir the date mixture into the egg mixture, then stir in the sifted dry ingredients. Finally, mix in the walnuts.
    3. Drop level tablespoons of the mixture onto greased oven trays, about 2cm apart. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until browned. Remove from oven, and allow to cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack to fully cool.

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    Having cooked with dates before I decided to pure them first (as in a sticky date pud) and they ended up like little cakes. So I made them same again and made them in paper cups in a muffin tin and the husband and kids loved them! have made 'Federation Muffins' many times now.  -  18 Mar 2011


    I chose this recipe for my son's International Week at school. His class was studying Australia and he wanted an Australian dish for the potluck. When you are baking these cookies, the wonderful aroma just permeates throughout the whole house. And they taste wonderful too!  -  04 Feb 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I wanted a fairly simple and quick cookie recipe to bake and give as a hostess gift. This recipe fit the bill, but I did not get 50 cookies. Maybe I was too generous with the dough. Nonetheless, these are terrific. They almost melt in your mouth and are wonderful with coffee, tea or hot chocolate. I didn't have pitted dates on hand so I increased the raisins and chopped walnuts. Next time I'll use dates also. Watch the baking time! 8-minutes was all it took.  -  05 Dec 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)