Soft, chewy and filled with a sweetened date filling, this vintage recipe for Date Filled Oatmeal Cookies is easy to make and the cookies are delicious with a cup of coffee or tea.
If you've never experienced Date-Filled Oatmeal Cookies, you've gotta try them. I never really fancy dates until I eat them - then I remember how delicious they are!
This recipe takes a bit more work with the date filling, but the filling is quick and easy to make with basic steps and takes about five minutes.
Ingredients and notes
- Butter and eggs should be at room temperature.
- I use the quick oats in this recipe. If you're going to use old-fashioned ones, give them a few quick pulses in the food processor first.
- Dates can readily be found in the grocery stores. My favourite brand is the Jaffa dates.
This is a basic cookie recipe. You start by combining the butter and both sugars.
I like to use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or you can also use a hand mixer. In a pinch, you can mix these cookies by hand. The key is to ensure that the mixture is light and fluffy which will require a good arm workout!
Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until well-combined.
In a separate bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and stir just until combined.
Next, add in the rolled oats and stir until combined. At this point, it might be easier to mix in with a wooden spoon, or with clean hands because the mixture will be quite thick.
Scoop up a heaping tablespoon of cookie dough and roll it into a ball, then flatten to about 2 and ½ inches across. The cookies will spread a little, so leave a few inches between them on an ungreased or parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
Bake in 350°F oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Cookies will still be slightly soft in the middle.
Allow the cookies to cool before spreading with the date filling.
For date filling: combine chopped dates, water and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. The mixture is cooked when it has thickened. This happens quickly, so keep a close eye on the mixture and continue to stir as it comes to a boil.
Spread the date filling onto the flat side of the cookie, then sandwich with another cookie, flat side down.