Oatmeal Date Cookies

If you haven’t noticed- this week I’m on a comfort food kick.  You know- it must be the season.  I’m in this really cozy mood & I just want to make & share all sorts of things that give you warm & fuzzies.  : )   I  don’t make or share cookies all that often here in this space.  I’m not sure why- maybe this season I will work on changing that.   As I mentioned yesterday the hubs & I have been in recipe tweak mode & I have been working on shaking up our “usuals” to make them a whole lot more fun.  So this time I decided to take the hub’s ALL TIME FAVORITE cookie recipe- Oatmeal Raisin Cookies & turn them into…

Oatmeal Date Cookies


Because … well- I like dates a whole lot more than I like raisins. So now I can enjoy them too.  Win- Win!


Oatmeal Date Cookies

Oatmeal Date Cookies

Oatmeal Date Cookies


  • 1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups old fashioned or quick oats
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped dates (the kind rolled in nut flour- usually sold next to the other dried fruits)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon & salt in small bowl- set aside.
  3. Beat butter, both sugars & vanilla in mixer bowl with paddle attachment until creamy.
  4. Beat in eggs
  5. Gradually beat in dry mix.
  6. Stir in oats - then dates.
  7. Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake 8 minutes (9 minutes for shiny pan- 10 minutes for crisp cookies) I like mine chewy.
  9. Cook on baking sheet for 2 minutes.
  10. Transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.
  11. Store in airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days


These are definitely a family favorite & the kind of cookies I find my hubs eating all day long.

They certainly don’t last in this house.


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  1. Tracy@Daily Dish Magazine says

    I love dates, they are delicious and too often (in my opinion) overlooked when it comes to cookie and bread recipe additions. I will try this recipe soon! How could I resist!

    • says

      I completely agree Tracy. Since I grew up in So Cal – date recipes have been part of my life. I can’t get enough of them. Hope you try this recipe- the molasses really gives them that “straight from grandma’s oven” taste.

  2. says

    My mom used to make cowboy cookies for us when I was a kid, this is pretty close to her recipe and I can almost taste them as I read this and look at the pictures. Thank you for that sweet memory!