This recipe calls for dates, but you could substitute raisins or mincemeat.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • In a small saucepan over low heat, mix dates, sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a boil, and cook for 15 minutes, or until thick and smooth. Set aside to cool.

  • Cream butter and brown sugar together until smooth. Gradually mix in flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the oatmeal and mix well. Stir in 2 to 4 tablespoons of water. Form the dough into a ball and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

  • On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness and cut into 2 inch rounds. Place 1/2 of the rounds on cookie sheets. Spoon date mixture in the center of each round and top with another round. Press edges firmly together.

  • Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until browned.

Nutrition Facts

129 calories; 4.2 g total fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 91 mg sodium. 22.1 g carbohydrates; 1.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2005
Fantastic cookies although they are somewhat labor-intensive. Try adding an egg then you won't need to add the extra tablespoons of water at the end. That makes them a little lighter and the dough easier to handle. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/29/2002
I could not get the dough to roll out. Read More
(14)
22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2005
Fantastic cookies although they are somewhat labor-intensive. Try adding an egg then you won't need to add the extra tablespoons of water at the end. That makes them a little lighter and the dough easier to handle. Read More
(44)
Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2005
Fantastic cookies although they are somewhat labor-intensive. Try adding an egg then you won't need to add the extra tablespoons of water at the end. That makes them a little lighter and the dough easier to handle. Read More
(44)
Rating: 4 stars
08/29/2002
I remember my grandmother making these when I was a child. They rolled fine for me once I added the extra water recomended but you do get a bit extra filling. A GREAT addition to this that grandma used to do is to frost the top cookie with a lightly peppermint flavored frosting. Sounds odd maybe but it's a great flavor addition to the date and oatmeal!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2005
These were really good. The dough was a little difficult to roll probably because of the oats. I used rasins instead of dates. I doubled the recipe of both the filling and the dough. I filled the cookies FULL with the raisins and the ratio of dough to filling was perfect! Maybe others were skimpy with the filling or maybe dates fill the cookie differently! No matter....these were great....thanks Gordon! Oh...I also added a little cinnamon to my raisin mixture...yum! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/29/2002
I could not get the dough to roll out. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2010
Little date filled delights! Once i finally rolled the dough thin enough the cookies turned out amazing! although when the dough was thicker they turned out like tiny little biscuits which were kindof good too. try to use all of the filling it really makes a wonderful cookie Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2009
I don't know what happened but they were just okay. I followed the recipe to a T. I'd play around with it next time and try to tweak it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2009
Excellent recipe! The cookie dough is so flavorful and combines really well with the sweet date compote. I think I made mine really big but that let me put a lot of filling in each - which turned out super. Mmm. I will make these again. The only thing I changed is that I added some cinnamon and some lemon juice to the dates. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2002
These are great...but I had to much date filling leftover I would reccomend doubling the cookie dough next time Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/28/2008
For me these cookies were just O.K. but my family and co-workers really liked them. The filling was good but the cookie itself seemed to be missing something. They were a little time consuming to make and I also had plenty of filling leftover. Not sure if I will make these again or try a different recipe. Read More
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