Date Turnovers


I perfected this recipe for folded date-filled cookies after a few not-so-perfect batches. I have been making these cookies for several years, and everyone loves them.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
2 dozen


  • 2 cups pitted dates, chopped

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 3/4 cups brown sugar, divided

  • ½ cup milk

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 ½ cups regular rolled oats

  • ½ cup melted butter

  • ½ cup butter-flavored shortening (such as Crisco®), melted


  1. Heat dates, water, and 1/4 cup brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until dates are very soft, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

  2. Stir together milk and vinegar in a small bowl; set aside to curdle, about 10 minutes.

  3. Whisk together flour and baking soda in a large bowl; stir in oats and remaining 1 1/2 cups brown sugar. Stir in melted butter, melted shortening, and curdled milk mixture until well combined; cover dough and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

  5. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface, about 1/8-inch thick. Cut out dough circles with a round cookie cutter. Place about 1 tablespoon date mixture in the center of each circle; fold in half and press edges together tightly to seal. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheets.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden, about 10 minutes. Remove to cool completely on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

497 Calories
18g Fat
82g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 497
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 175mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 82g 30%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 51g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 339mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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