Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Oatmeal Date Sandwich Cookies


This date cookie recipe is one of my Mom's and it is my absolute favorite. I noticed the other day that my container is nearly empty.  I keep them in the freezer and eat them while they are still slightly frozen.  You can't store them on the counter, they will get very soft and mushy. These are easy because they are just a roll in your palm cookie.

Oatmeal Date Sandwich Cookies

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup coconut
  1. Cream together the butter and sugars.
  2. Add the eggs and combine well.
  3. Add all the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator an hour.  (make the date filling while the dough  chills)
  5. Roll into small balls and flatten with a glass by about half the thickness.
  6. Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Date Filling
  1. Buy a 1 pound package of dates. .the kind that is a rectangular block.  They will be found by the raisins in the grocery store.
  2. Chop them up and put them in a small saucepan.
  3. Add  1/2 cup water and bring to a simmer.
  4. Stir occasionally and simmer until the consistency of thick jam.
  5. Let cool.
To sandwich the cookies put a small spoonful of date filling on the underside of one cookie and sandwich with the underside of another cookie.  Freeze in a container.

24 comments:

  1. Brings back wonderful memories. Love the oatmeal in this recipe!!

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  2. how many dates do you think that would be? Or how much does that package way? I would love trying to make those but just have a big box of dates...

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  3. Monika, I've never made them with single dates. .I think you will have to chop them very fine. My mom in law mentioned that they don't seem to get as soft.
    I believe a package would be a pound.

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  4. Yum! I may have to try these soon! I have a package of dates in my pantry that are calling (very faintly right now, but eventually!)

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  5. Your cookies look wonderful. I have to try your mom's recipe.

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  6. Lecker!Schöne Valentins Day für dich!Bju.Luciene.

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  7. A little bit of additional information from my trials and errors. Pkg is a 1 lb. To avoid that heavy chopping, hard on hands that are experiencing troubles,here's the lazy man's way. Place the dates and water in a saucepan. I use at least 2/3c, maybe 3/4 c water. I sometimes use orange juice and a bit of rind instead of water. I cook this block, breaking it apart as it softens, until soft and the desired consistency. Into the blender it goes. After a few quick buzzes I have a nice smooth texture without virtually any work. I have used the single dates the same way, adjusting liquid by boiling more if too soupy.

    I will attest the cookies go soft and mushy. My answer is that the cookies before sandwiching can stay in the cookie jar. The date filling is in a jar in the fridge. I then sandwich the cookies as I need them. This way I could also have plain cookies for the person at the same time who didn't care for dates. The filling freezes well.

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  8. Those are awesome hints Agnes. .thanks so much.

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  9. Oh, my Mom used to make these. I LOVED them! Thank you.

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  10. This looks like such a wonderful cookie...love, love the ingredients. I think I will make these for my husband as he loves dates.
    Thank you so much for the recipe...by the way, the photo of the cookies is just outstanding!

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  11. I've made Kathy's recipe that is similar to this one and just love them!

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  12. These were my dad's all-time favorite cookies...and so we had them often. It's been a long time since I have had made them. Soon!

    How appropriate to post your mom's cookies on her special day!

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  13. This also a family favorite at my mom's house. She makes these evry year for Christmas. So, I've never thought of making them at other times of the year.

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  14. Thank you. I think these are my all time favourite though I have never made them. I'll give them a try. Coconut in them sounds good

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  15. I love the oatmeal cookie part, but I'm not crazy about the date part. Are there any other fruit fillings that could be used equally as well? I have some blackberry and raspberry jam on hand..

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  16. LOVE< LOVE< LOVE dates will surely be making these! Thank you so much.

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  17. Are the oats instant or the old fashioned longer cooking oats?

    -Laura

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  18. Jams work equally well. Just try different fillings until you hit your favorite. There are any number of other fillings that also work. With either the cookies or matrimonial cake I have used lemon or raisin filling. I am one to never just follow a recipe but try different things.
    I love this site as so many recipes for cookies are very similar to those of my childhood days. They often give me the nudge to make them right then.

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  19. I would love these...and the cake in the post above! You give us such wonderful dessert recipes! ♥

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  20. My Grandma's cookies are very similar to these but I use large flake oatmeal for them. I wonder if that would make a difference in keeping them together? I too love these - they definitely qualify as a comfort food.

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  21. These cookies are the BEST! I love making them and they are so very soft. I think I too, should make them again soon!
    Erin

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  22. Thanks for this recipe. I love the fact that you don't have to roll out the dough and cut out the shapes, which was the hard part. I also use that method (of just rolling the dough in a ball, then pressing the ball down with the back of a glass)for making jam-jams.

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  23. The oatmeal date cookies are but a mere memory that I had baked for Christmas..now am ready for more, I'm going to try your recipe.

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