Date-Filled Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal biscuits with dates
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  • 4 hrs 32 mins
  • Prep: 4 hrs 20 mins,
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Yield: 36 Servings
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Enjoy the sweet, delicious taste of dates in these double-layered oatmeal cookies. The recipe is very easy to follow and the cookies are a genuine treat that is hard to resist.

The recipe is much like baking other cookies, with a few exceptions. Once you have the dough made, you need to refrigerate it for four hours, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time. During this time, you'll make the date filling.

You'll be working with one-third of the dough at a time. It's rolled out and cut with a cookie cutter to create a very thin cookie. After their baked, you'll top one cookie with the sweet filling, then add a second cookie to sandwich it.

It may sound like a lot of work, but it really isn't. Besides, these Date-Filled Oatmeal Cookies are worth every minute of effort you put into them.

What You'll Need

  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, stirred before measuring
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup shortening, soft
  • 1/4 cup butter, soft
  • 5 cups uncooked quick-cooking rolled oats
  • Filling:
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water

How to Make It

  1. Stir vinegar into milk to create soured milk and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, sift flour with baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, cream shortening and butter until light and fluffy, gradually adding the 3/4 cup sugar.
  4. Blend in half of the flour mixture, then blend in soured milk. Blend in the remaining flour mixture.
  5. Stir in rolled oats.
  6. Refrigerate cookie dough for at least 4 hours.
  7. Meanwhile, make the date filling. In a saucepan, combine dates, 2/3 cup sugar, lemon juice, and water. Bring date mixture to a boil and simmer for a minute. Remove from heat and let cool.
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Roll about one-third of the chilled dough out to about 1/9-inch thick on a generously floured surface. Keep remaining dough refrigerated until ready to roll out.
  3. Cut rolled out dough with floured 2-inch round cookie cutter.
  4. Place on ungreased cookie sheets and bake 10 to 12 minutes. Allow is to cool.
  5. To serve, spread 1 teaspoon of date filling on half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies.

Makes about 3 dozen filled cookies.

More Date Cookies

There are many delicious cookie recipes that feature dates. If you cannot get enough of these sweet little fruits, give one of these yummy recipes a try.