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Oatcakes..and Date Filling

We discovered oatcakes when we visited Cape Breton. They are delicious served plain with tea or coffee. My sister and I decided to put date filling between the oatcakes and had a nice snack while travelling.
Another way to enjoy them, crumble on yogurt for a delicious breakfast.
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  1. Mix dry ingredients together, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.
  2. Add hot water and stir until mixture comes together.
  3. Turn dough out on floured surface and roll to 1/2" thick.
  4. Cut into squares and place on parchment lined pans.
  5. Brush with milk and sprinkle with coarse white sugar.
  6. Bake in a 375ยบ oven for 10 minutes or until the edges are golden in color. Bake them a few minutes longer if you prefer them crispy. 
  7. Yield: 9 oatcakes
* Someone asked for my date filling recipe so I will add it here.
  • 1 pound package dates, chopped
  • 2 small apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup hot coffee, I always use coffee but you may use water.
  1. Cook on low heat until thick and apples are tender, stirring occasionally, approximately 10 minutes.
  2. Add more coffee or water as needed.
  3. Cool slightly before filling your cookies.


  1. That looks very tasty and I love rolled oats.

  2. Do you use the large flake oatmeal? They look really nice and would be great for date filling.

  3. Tracey..I have used half large flake and half quick rolled oats, this time I used only quick rolled oats. Both are delicious:) I have not tried using only large flakes. If you do, please let us know how that works, okay?

  4. Now you're talkin'! I love oatcakes.

    I'm going to make these this weekend. Thanks Betty and Happy Easter everyone.


  5. Can you tell me how you made the date filling? Thank you!

    1. I have added the recipe for the date filling.

    2. Thanks so much :-)

  6. Made these gluten free with a sorghum flour mix, quinoa flakes. Used coconut sugar and put in a date filling. Excellent. Thank you.

  7. These look great for make-ahead breakfasts on the go. Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Yum. I'm an oatmeal junkie and Tim Hortons stopped making their oat squares. These look way better. I'm trying them in the morning.

  9. I like this, it seem not difficult. It should be really good to serve as breakfast or during afternoon tea time. Soak it in milk or coffee, should be really good. :)

  10. Such a simple but delicious recipe for a not too sweet and good for you treat. I'm going to try these, for sure, to put in husband's lunch for work

  11. I made these and they are so GOOD !!! I just ate them plain with no filling.

  12. Betty, yep, they we were yummy! Just one of the great memories of our travels!

  13. These are great for breakfast--I like to put them in the freezer to grab on my way out the door.