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Date Filled Cookies Recipe

Date Filled Cookies

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"This recipe calls for dates, but you could substitute raisins or mincemeat."

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Original recipe makes 2 dozen Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, mix dates, sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a boil, and cook for 15 minutes, or until thick and smooth. Set aside to cool.
  3. Cream butter and brown sugar together until smooth. Gradually mix in flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the oatmeal and mix well. Stir in 2 to 4 tablespoons of water. Form the dough into a ball and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  4. On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness and cut into 2 inch rounds. Place 1/2 of the rounds on cookie sheets. Spoon date mixture in the center of each round and top with another round. Press edges firmly together.
  5. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until browned.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 16, 2005

Fantastic cookies although they are somewhat labor-intensive. Try adding an egg then you won't need to add the extra tablespoons of water at the end. That makes them a little lighter and the dough easier to handle.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 29, 2002

I could not get the dough to roll out.


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Aug 29, 2002

I remember my grandmother making these when I was a child. They rolled fine for me once I added the extra water recomended, but you do get a bit extra filling. A *GREAT* addition to this that grandma used to do is to frost the top cookie with a lightly peppermint flavored frosting. Sounds odd maybe but it's a great flavor addition to the date and oatmeal!!

Aug 09, 2005

These were really good. The dough was a little difficult to roll, probably because of the oats. I used rasins instead of dates. I doubled the recipe of both the filling and the dough. I filled the cookies FULL with the raisins, and the ratio of dough to filling was perfect! Maybe others were skimpy with the filling, or maybe dates fill the cookie differently! No matter....these were great....thanks Gordon! Oh...I also added a little cinnamon to my raisin mixture...yum!

Jul 16, 2010

Little date filled delights! Once i finally rolled the dough thin enough the cookies turned out amazing! although when the dough was thicker they turned out like tiny little biscuits which were kindof good too. try to use all of the filling it really makes a wonderful cookie

Jan 27, 2009

I don't know what happened, but they were just okay. I followed the recipe to a T. I'd play around with it next time and try to tweak it.

Jun 23, 2009

Excellent recipe! The cookie dough is so flavorful and combines really well with the sweet date compote. I think I made mine really big, but that let me put a lot of filling in each - which turned out super. Mmm. I will make these again. The only thing I changed is that I added some cinnamon and some lemon juice to the dates.

Dec 23, 2002

These are great...but I had to much date filling leftover, I would reccomend doubling the cookie dough next time


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  • Calories
  • 129 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 22.1 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 4.2 g
  • 6%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 1.6 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 91 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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