These have NO added sugar! (though I am sure the dates are quite high in natural sugars.)
8 oz dates (I used Medjool dates)
Zest and juice of 2 lemons (approx. 4 T juice, 2 T zest)
egg wash (1 egg mixed with 1 T water)
Remove the pits from the dates and any hard stem parts or stringy inside parts.
In a saucepan, cook the lemon juice with the dates for about 3 - 5 minutes, over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon.
Make a recipe for two-crust pie pastry. (see below) Divide dough in two pieces.
Roll each between wax paper.
Cut into 2" circles or squares.
Place 1 tsp of date mixture on half of the squares.
Paint a little egg wash around the edges, place a top piece of pastry on and seal the edges with a fork. Make a little steam hole in the top of each cookie with a toothpick.
Bake on parchment-lined sheet at 350° for 12 - 15 minutes.