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Rolled Oat Cookies

Moist date filling inside a soft oatmeal cookie sandwich.
I loved finding these wonderful treats that my mom would tuck into my lunches.
Yields approximately 2 dozen cookies.
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups quick oats
  1. Beat butter and sugar together well.
  2. Add flour, baking powder and salt, and mix.
  3. Add milk and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  4. Add quick oats and mix well.
  5. Cover bowl of dough and place in the refrigerator for approximately 1/2 hour or longer.
  6. Sprinkle counter with flour and roll out cookie dough, 1/3 of the dough at a time. Roll to about 1/4" thick. 
  7. Using a round cookie cutter cut out cookies and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment.
  8. Bake in 350ºF oven for 10 minutes. 
  9. While cookies are baking make the date filling. You want to fill the cookies when still warm.
Date Filling:
  • 1/2 cup solid packed dates chopped
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Stir together the chopped dates sugar and boiling water.
  2. Microwave on high at one minute intervals until dates are soft and pasty.
  3. Immediately stir in baking soda and vanilla. The mixture will bubble up. Stir until well incorporated.
  4. While cookies are still warm and filling is still warm spread filling on one cookie and sandwich with another until all are filled. 


  1. What a double treat oatmeal cookies and date filling. Yum! I'm going to have to try these...

  2. My mom's oatmeal date cookies looked just like these. . .I can almost taste them. . just thinking about them.

  3. I've never has these. I can just imagine they would be good!

  4. Hey....these are very very familiar. I was hunting for this recipe about six months ago...never found it and here it is. Thanks for the post. This will do very very nicely for a mid-week bake!

  5. oh i can taste these now, my oma made these and it has been a long time since i had i can make these with lots memories of the love that went into those cookies....

  6. These are my favorite cookies..let them sit till the next day and they are soft and chewy...the only problem with these cookies is--- they don't last very long!!!

  7. Date and oatmeal..a good combo. I love these cookies!

  8. Susan, you are right, they don't last long on the counter, they seem to dry out quickly, but they freeze really well. Kathy

  9. what I meant by "not last very long" was that they are so good they never make it to the freezer..gone before that...

  10. These are my dad's all-time favorite mom made them often. I rather like them myself...and one of these days I will bake them.

  11. So, it seems that I'm the only one who's never had these, but today I made them and they are sooo good!!!

  12. this is a very old recipe. My mother made these quite often, the recipe she used was in here Household Sciences (home ec) school book from Winnipeg School District, published 1949... I make them about two or three times a year because I think that is the reason my husband married me and has stayed around for 35 years...

  13. ok, so after Anneliese (aka Mom Friesen) made these they mysteriously showed up at my house (via. hungry husband) and can I just tell you that they should have a sign that says "NOT CHOCOLATE" on the top. Dates sure can be decieving!! But after the initial shock...they were delightful!
    -Kari Friesen

  14. Oh Kari, I loved your comment! I'm a big chocolate fan myself so I can understand the shock of the dates. 'miss snips' my Mom grew up in Winnipeg too and so maybe that is where her Mom got the recipe. Who knows but glad you are all enjoying this cookie recipe. Kathy

  15. my Mom made them with homemade jam in between .....delish either way....I am going to make them now yum yum....


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