What do you do when you run out of your favorite chocolate chips and want to make some utterly scrumptious cookies? Ad-lib a bit, of course!
I dug through our extensive collection of printed Internet recipes and found one claiming to be the perfect oatmeal cookie recipe.
Of course I had to experiment and expand. I threw in some toasted pecans and chopped dates. Am I ever glad I did. The toasty pecans add a nice flavor and texture. When you bite into a date, it seems a tiny explosion of fruity sweetness occurs.
Spicy, sweet, nutty, fruity. Yes, they’ll do for a chocolate chip cookie replacement.
Notes: Following my usual substitutions, I used a little over half whole wheat flour in place of AP, and all maple sugar in place of the granulated and brown sugars.
You can use any nut or dried fruit you wish — experiment!
Oatmeal Pecan Date Cookies
Adapted from Thibeault’s Table
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 ½ cups maple sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup (4 ounces) Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- dash nutmeg (I used freshly grated)
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats
- 1 cup toasted pecans or nut of choice
- 1 cup chopped dates or dried fruit of choice
1) Preheat oven to 350° F.
2) Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat until smooth. Beat in vanilla.
3) Combined flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir into butter mixture. Add rolled oats, pecans, and dates. Roll into small balls (golf ball size), place on an ungreased or parchment lined baking sheet, and flatten slightly.
4) Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until bottoms are golden. Cookie should not get brown. Cool on pan for 5 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about two dozen cookies
11 Responses to “Oatmeal Pecan Date Cookies”
Leah @ StirredNotShaken says:
This is a great idea. I often get stuck looking for a good cookie with dried fruits and nuts and they’re often very specific with unique spices I don’t want. This is great – a plain, simple cookie with a special punch!
I’ve read your blog for a while since I first linked to it on tastespotting. I really love your photos – the perfect balance of pretty and rustic.
Great recipe for me today. Yummy for us and perfect to share with grandpa who is valiently fighting cancer and enjoys dates. I added flax meal to help him with his nutrition needs and they are still fab for all. Thanks so much for the recipe!