Oatmeal, Date, and Walnut Spice Cookies

It’s official.  I’ve caught the fall baking bug (which, by the way, is way more enjoyable than the stomach flu bug).  For the past few days, all I can think about is baking with apples, pumpkin, and lots and lots of cinnamon and nutmeg.

These cookies got the distinction of being my first fall treat of 2010 for the simple reason I already had all the ingredients and the recipe was quick.  It was easy and tasty and fall-y–everything I was looking for.  The end result here is much like an oatmeal cookie with raisins, only the spices are different and the dates add a different kind of sweetness that raisins.  If you are a fan of oatmeal cookies and/or fall treats, please give this one a try.  You and your taste testers will be glad you did! 

oatmeal date spice cookies

Oatmeal, Date, and Walnut Spice Cookies

adapted from www.williams-sonoma.com

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1 c. all-purpose flour 

1 c. whole-wheat flour 

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground allspice

16 TBSP (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 c. firmly packed dark brown sugar

1/2 c. granulated sugar

2 eggs

3 TBSP dark molasses

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 1/2 c. old-fashioned rolled oats

1 c. chopped pitted dates

1/2 c. coarsely chopped toasted walnuts

Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling (optional) 


1.  Preheat an oven to 375°F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, baking mats, or foil sprayed with cooking spray.

2.  In a large bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice; set aside.

3.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until fluffy and pale yellow. Add the sugars and continue beating until the mixture is no longer gritty when rubbed between your finger and thumb. 

4.  Reduce the speed to low and add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the molasses and vanilla.

5.  Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed or stir with a wooden spoon just until blended. 

6.  Beat or stir in the oats, dates and walnuts just until evenly distributed.

7.  Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop the batter onto the prepared sheets, spacing the cookies about two inches apart. Bake until the edges are golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle the cookies with coarse sugar while they are still warm, if desired. 

8.  Let the cookies cool on the pans on wire racks for ten minutes, then transfer them to the racks and let cool completely. Makes about five dozen cookies.

one year ago: an amazing autumn side dish, acorn squash stuffed with autumn fruit compote
two years ago: spiced molasses cookies

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  1. All Things Yummy
    October 12, 2010 / 3:30 am

    Wow, these look delicious. I must admit, I've never tried dates before but now I'm going to have to. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lauren
    October 12, 2010 / 4:45 pm

    These look yummy! Do you think you could sub pumpkin for the butter?

  3. Kelsey
    October 12, 2010 / 6:14 pm

    Lauren, I wouldn't put pumpkin in place of the butter entirely. You would get very tough cookies. I'd think you might be able to go half and half. I do have a pumpkin cookie recipe on here. I think you might have more success using that one with oats added in.

  4. dining room tables
    October 20, 2010 / 1:12 am

    These really looks so delicious. I might try this one. I bet my kids will really like it.

  5. Mel Piano
    October 25, 2010 / 9:10 pm

    I love walnuts! I better try this and add some chocolate chips and raspberries to make ti more chunky. These are perfect for kids Halloween trick and treats.

  6. Melanie Giant
    November 4, 2010 / 10:42 pm

    These is what you cal a nutritious cookie. Oatmeal make it so plus the walnut spice makes it more nutritious. I should bake some of this for my hubby since he is a health conscious person

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