Welcome to the delightful world of Date Cookies, a wholesome treat that brings together the sweetness of dates and the richness of pecans. These easy-to-make cookies offer a wonderful blend of flavors and textures that will make your taste buds sing. Let's embark on this culinary journey together!
Date cookies are a beloved classic, perfect for any season but especially delightful during the cooler months. But if you're looking for another cookie recipe to broaden your baking repertoire, why not try our Lace Cookies recipe? They are delicate, crispy, and equally delicious. Like the date cookies, they also carry a certain old-world charm, making them an excellent addition to your next cookie exchange or just a regular baking day.
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- Baking Soda
- Brown Sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- Medjool Dates
See recipe card for quantities.
Roast and Chop Pecans
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C), roast the pecans for 12-15 minutes, allow them to cool, then chop them.
Prepare the Dates
Chop the Medjool dates into rough pieces and set them aside.
Create the Cookie Dough
In a mixing bowl, cream the softened butter with the sugars until light and fluffy. Add the room-temperature eggs one at a time, mixing well. Add the vanilla extract and mix it in.
Combine Dry Ingredients and Finalize Dough
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and oats. Add this to the butter mixture and mix until fully incorporated. Finally, stir in the chopped pecans and dates. Chill the dough for at least an hour, preferably overnight.
Shape and Bake Cookies
Preheat your oven again to 350°F (175°C). Divide the chilled dough into 30 equal portions, place them on baking sheets, and press a whole pecan on top of each cookie. Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes until they turn golden brown.
Cooling and Enjoyment
Allow the baked cookies to cool before serving and enjoying them.
Always make sure your ingredients are at room temperature, especially items like butter and eggs, unless the recipe specifies otherwise. Room temperature ingredients blend together more easily, creating a smoother and more evenly mixed dough or batter. This will help improve the texture and consistency of your baked goods.
For those with specific dietary preferences:
- Vegan: Substitute butter with vegan margarine, and use flax eggs (1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal mixed with 2.5 tablespoons of water per egg) instead of regular eggs.
This recipe can be tweaked to suit personal preferences:
- Experiment with different types of nuts, like walnuts or almonds, in place of pecans.
- Add a dash of spice, such as cinnamon or nutmeg, to the dough for added warmth.
- For chocolate lovers, add chocolate chips to the dough for a delightful twist.
- Knife: To chop pecans and dates. Chopping is essential for even distribution in the dough.
- Hand Mixer: To cream butter and sugar. Makes the dough light and fluffy.
- Mixing Bowls: To hold your ingredients. You'll need at least two for separating wet and dry ingredients.
- Measuring Cups and Spoons: To measure ingredients accurately. Accurate measurements make a better dough.
- Spatula: To fold in flour and other ingredients. Helps combine everything well.
- Baking Sheet: For baking cookies. A flat surface helps cookies bake evenly.
- Cookie Scoop: To portion dough. Ensures uniform cookie size.
If you had to choose between two pieces of equipment:
Hand Mixer is the most useful. It ensures your butter and sugar blend into a perfect base for your cookies, which is hard to achieve manually.
- Store your Date Cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
- For longer storage, you can freeze the cookies for up to 3 months. Remember to thaw them at room temperature before enjoying.
The key to perfect Date Cookies is to chill the dough before baking. This helps to prevent the cookies from spreading too much during baking, ensuring a good texture.
Yes, you can substitute pecans with your preferred nut variety.
Yes, substitute butter with vegan margarine and use flax eggs instead of regular eggs.
Absolutely, chocolate chips would be a delicious addition.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature, or freeze for longer storage.
The dough may not have been chilled long enough. Ensure to chill the dough for at least an hour before baking.
Yes, other varieties of dates can be used, just ensure they are pitted and chopped.
While this is possible, it is preferable to mix the dough by hand to prevent overworking it.
Yes, this recipe can easily be doubled. Remember to adjust baking times if baking in large batches.
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2 cups (240g) Flour
½ tsp (3g) Baking Soda
½ cup (45g) Oats
⅔ cup (135g) Butter
½ cup (100g) Sugar
¼ cup (55g) Brown Sugar
2 units (100g) Eggs
½ tsp (2.5g) Vanilla Extract
1 cup (110g) Pecans
1 cup (150g) Medjool Dates
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Roast the pecans in the oven for 12-15 minutes, then let them cool down.
- Roughly chop the cooled pecans and set them aside.
- Chop the dates into rough pieces and set them aside.
- In a mixing bowl, cream the softened butter with the sugars and salt until the mixture is light and fluffy.
- Add the room-temperature eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition.
- Add the vanilla extract and mix it in.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and oats.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until fully incorporated.
- Add the chopped pecans and dates to the dough and mix them in.
- Refrigerate the dough for at least an hour, or ideally overnight.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) again.
- Separate the cookie dough into 30 equal portions.
- Place the portions on 2 baking sheets.
- Place one pecan on top of each cookie for decoration.
- Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, or until they turn golden brown.
- Let the cookies cool down before enjoying them.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: International
- Diet: Vegetarian
Keywords: Date Cookies, Pecan Cookies, Oven Baked Cookies, Easy Cookie Recipe, Medjool Date Treats, Vanilla Extract, Oats in Cookies, Sugar and Butter, Cookie Dough, Holiday Cookies
- Do not consume the dough raw as it contains raw eggs.
- Always check the freshness of your ingredients before using. Happy baking!