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Oatmeal-Peanut Butter Cookies with Dates
“Cookie recipes usually require you to combine the liquid ingredients in one bowl and dry ingredients in another, but for this gluten-free cookie recipe the dry ingredients are sprinkled right on top of the liquids so there's just one bowl to clean. Don't skip the step of refrigerating the dough. The oat flour needs time to hydrate or the cookies will be too dry and crumbly. Regular rolled oats work if you're not gluten-sensitive.”
12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup natural peanut butter
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
2½ cups gluten-free rolled oats
1 cup oat flour (see Tips)
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
10 ounces Medjool dates, pitted and chopped (about 1½ cups; see Tips)
1Beat butter, peanut butter and brown sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until very creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Add oats and oat flour, then sprinkle cinnamon, baking soda and salt evenly on top; beat on low speed until almost combined. Fold in dates. Cover and refrigerate for 8 to 24 hours.
2Preheat oven to 375°F; let the batter stand at room temperature while the oven heats.
3Roll slightly rounded tablespoons of dough into balls (about 1-inch) and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Press with a fork to flatten into 2-inch-wide cookies.
4Bake the cookies until starting to brown on the bottom, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on the pan for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes more.
Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate dough (Step 1) for up to 1 day; store cookies airtight at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 6 months. Microwave frozen cookies for 20 to 30 seconds.
We use gluten-free flours, such as oat flour and almond flour or meal, in recipes—gluten-free or not—to layer in extra flavor and texture. Look for them near other specialty flours; store in the freezer.
For the best flavor and texture, use Medjool dates in cookies and other baked goods. They're the largest and most luscious date variety. Look for them in the produce department or near other dried fruits.
People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use oat flour that is labeled “gluten-free,” as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.