Oatmeal Date Cookies that are chewy and soft in the center but crispy on the edges! These really are the perfect oatmeal cookie filled with chewy dates and crunchy pecans. You will love adding these to your holiday baking list! (Many thanks to Sunsweet for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions are my own.)
I am SO excited to share this recipe and tell you about my trip to San Francisco to meet up with Sunsweet! Where do I start? 😉 Before I share the recipe for these incredible Oatmeal Date Cookies, I want to tell you first about my trip!
I was flown out to San Francisco last week to participate in a cooking demonstration from the one and only Chef Sara Moulton! She is one of my favorite chefs to watch cook because she’s fun, sassy and very knowledgable about what she’s doing.
When I first met her, I was shocked at how tiny she is! She’s very petite and has the cutest personality. She said she usually has to stand on a box when she’s filming her cooking shows because most countertops are too high for her. Love it!
She showed myself and two other lovely bloggers, Liren from Kitchen Confidante and Rachel from The Chic Site how to make Shredded Butternut Squash with Dates and Pistachios. (I’ll probably share this recipe with you soon because it really is so good and you need to make it!). It was a pleasure to watch her cook! She showed us many tips on dealing with butternut squash as well as talking about the nutritional value Sunsweet Dates and Prunes can add to recipes.
After Sara cooked for us (and we devoured her butternut squash dish) we were presented a basket with mystery ingredients. I was SO nervous about this part of the challenge! The basket contained lots of yummy things. Cocoa powder, honey, spices, bread, nuts, of course Sunsweet Prunes, Dates and more.
My first thought when I saw the bread was a French Toast Casserole. I love making casseroles! Maybe it’s because I came from a big family and have a big family, but I find it so easy to make a big batch of something yummy and stick it in the oven for a bit and then serve to a large group of people.
I ended up making a Prune and Date French Toast Casserole. It was so good! I almost made that to share with you today but as soon as I got home from my trip, I was so excited to try baking with all the Sunsweet products, that I immediately made these Oatmeal Date Cookies and HAD to share!
I think adding in the Sunsweet Dates and chopped pecans really sealed the deal on these cookies. They are all kinds of good! If you like a chewy but soft oatmeal cookie, you will love these.
If you don’t normally cook with dates, don’t be scared by them! They pair perfectly in this cookie recipe and will have your family gobbling them up in no time. Add these Oatmeal Date Cookies to your holiday cookie plates this season and throughout the year!
Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Date Cookies
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup butter softened
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups diced Sunsweet Dates
- 1/2 cup pecans chopped
- Preheat oven to 300ºF.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, soda, salt and oats. Mix with a wire whisk and set aside.
- In an electric mixer bowl, combine sugars and mix to combine. Add in butter and blend until a creamy, grainy paste.
- Scrape down sides of bowl then add honey, vanilla and eggs. Mix at medium speed until light and fluffy.
- Add the flour mixture, dates and pecans and blend at low speed until just combined. Don't overmix!
- Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until cookies are light golden brown. Immediately transfer cookies with a spatula to a cooling rack. Eat and enjoy!
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Thanks again to Sunsweet for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions are my own.