date & walnut oatmeal cookies

When I made these cookies, I talked to my nana on FaceTime that afternoon. She asked what I was up to and I replied with the usual "… just made cookies." When she asked what kind of cookies and I told her, she said "Oh, dates and walnuts are old person food!" It's never occurred to me, but I guess they kinda are. All the old church cookbook classics like date bread or bread pudding have nuts or dates in them. So it's obviously legit. {not.}

One of my absolute favorite treats as a kid were these date filled sugar cookies from Cub Foods. Those things were the best reward for long grocery shopping trips. My grandma {the same one I now talk to for baking advice.} used to by BOXES of those cookies just for me whenever I stayed at her house. I remember sitting at her kitchen table and eating one or two or three with a glass of cold milk. Ahh, those were the days. 

I know when it comes to nuts in cookies, you're either like "Oh my gosh, YES!" or "Oh my gosh, NO!" I'm the first. I seriously love the added crunch and flavor nuts add to baked goods. I think they make great additions to classic oatmeal raisin or chocolate chip cookies. Although they're really necessary in these cookies, if you seriously can't stand them, you could leave them out. 

These cookies are some of the best I've made in a LONG time. I like my cookies on the underdone side, so they turn out really soft and gooey. The nuts and dates go together really great in these chewy oatmeal cookies. I made the recipe completely from scratch, but I didn't tell anyone until AFTER they had one and exclaimed how great they were. 

Mission accomplished. 

date & walnut oatmeal cookies

1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. dark brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 c. all purpose flour
3/4 c. wholewheat flour
3/4 c. quick cooking oat
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 c. chopped dates
1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugars, and vanilla. Whisk in eggs. Add flours, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir until combined. Fold in dates and walnuts. Scoop dough onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Yields about 18 large cookies or 2 dozen smaller cookies. 

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  1. Sophie they look yummy, don't you just love memories that are brought back by certain foods?

    1. Thanks, Emily! And yes, they're the best! I seem to have a lot of those kinds of memories ;)

  2. These cookies definitely look perfectly soft and amazing! I love dates and walnuts too!

  3. Yummy!!! I may have to try these using sucanat for the sugar and all whole wheat.

    Charlotte Moore

  4. I love dates and walnuts, these look lovely.


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