Prune Cookies

It’s autumn somewhere.. and time to harvest or buy beautiful apples, plums and pumpkins, make tasty preserves, and bake! Perhaps you will be surprised but I wish tomorrow (or even a whole month) would be grey and cheerless here!  W I mean myself and some of my friends got a bit tired from burning sun this summer, and few days back a little miracle happened here – it was raining! Yay! But only for an hour or so. 😀 To be honest, when I lived in my hometown I didn’t like the beginning of autumn; rains were too often, boots and trousers caked with mud was a normal thing!
 Autumn here is a totally different season! October is the beginning of a large influx of tourists amazing weather in Dubai, temperature goes down and days become cooler, people become happier; it’s a season of barbecue in parks, outdoor cafes and long walks. Not to mention the fact that I’m going to bake more cakes and pies, and fill my home and blog with quintessential autumn flavours. 🙂
This cookies recipe is super easy, tasty and suits autumn mood! The main secret ingredient is prunes (dried plums) soaked in a cognac, and I can easily say that these cookies become my favourite!
Prune cookies with chocolate

Prune Cookies

You can use dark chocolate with hazelnuts or plain milk chocolate, or even omit it.
8-9 prunes
50ml cognac
50-60ml water
1 Tbsp brown or muscovado sugar
50g butter, room temperature
2 Tbsp brown or dark muscovado sugar
1 egg
100g flour
1/3 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
40g dark chocolate (70-80% cacao), roughly chopped
40g roasted walnuts, finely chopped, optional
  • Into small pan add prunes, sugar and water. Bring to boil, add cognac and boil for 5-7 minutes more. Remove from the hob and let cool. Roughly chop prunes.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar, then mix in egg. Add 2 tsp syrup from prunes.
  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt together. Add the mixture into batter and combine.
  • Carefully fold into batter dark chocolate, nuts and chopped prunes (without syrup).
  • Bake in preheated 180C oven for 15 minutes.
The recipe adapted from Russina tv-show “Edim doma”


  1. trixpin says:

    What a great recipe 🙂 There are so many chocolate chip cookies around but the twist with the prunes makes a lovely change – as does the Autumn: I agree with you that it’s lovely to see a change in the weather as the new season begins.

  2. Soaked in cognac?! Giiiiiirl, you’ve roped me in with these cookies. You go! I’m definitely saving this one for my autumn-y-est days. Cheers–so great to meet you!!

  3. laurasmess says:

    I’ve never added prunes to cookies but I actually tried some prune chocolate the other day. It was wonderful – definitely an underrated dried fruit. Love this recipe. I will be trying it soon (cognac, yum!) x

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