Filled Oatmeal-Date Cookies
From EatingWell: May/June 1995
A lemony date filling makes oatmeal cookies more special.
- 8 ounces chopped pitted dates, (1 1/2 cups)
- 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 cups packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 large egg whites
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup apple butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/4 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped and toasted (see Tip)
- To make filling: Combine dates, brown sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until thickened, about 30 seconds. Set aside to cool.
- To make dough: Place rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 350°F. Coat 3 baking sheets with cooking spray; set aside.
- Combine brown sugar, egg, egg whites, oil, apple butter and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth and pale in color, about 2 minutes.
- Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and baking powder into the mixing bowl. Add rolled oats and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined.
- Drop the dough by heaping teaspoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing cookies about 1 1/2 inches apart. With the back of a teaspoon, dipped in water to prevent sticking, make a depression in the center of each mound. Fill with a scant teaspoon of the reserved date filling. Top with another heaping teaspoon of dough, spreading it to roughly cover the filling. Sprinkle each cookie with a scant 1/4 teaspoon pecans (or walnuts). Bake, 1 sheet at a time, until lightly browned on top, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer the cookies to racks to cool.
Tips & Notes
- Make Ahead Tip: Freeze in an airtight container.
- Tip: To toast chopped nuts: Place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
Per serving: 131 calories; 3 g fat (0 g sat, 1 g mono); 6 mg cholesterol; 25 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 2 g fiber; 113 mg sodium; 82 mg potassium.
Carbohydrate Servings: 1 1/2
Exchanges: 1 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 fat
More From EatingWell
Omega-3 fats are good for your heart and are found in fish...
These healthy sugar-free dessert recipes are a delicious and...
Stir-fries are an easy way to get dinner on the table fast...
Whether you're looking for a quick breakfast or a refreshing...
If you’re trying to slim down, our low-calorie dinners to...
Carbs have gotten a bad rap as a diet no-no, but whole grains...
When you’re trying to lose weight, you don’t need to skimp on...
The next time you’re thinking about ordering takeout, put...
Fresh seasonal produce offers plenty of reasons to try one of...
Baking a cake from scratch doesn’t have to be time-intensive...
There’s something oh-so-soothing about a bowl of creamy...
Our nutritionists have verified that these recipes do not...
Homemade desserts, including piping-hot apple pie, rich...
If you’re searching for an affordable and healthy meal for...
Our healthy lasagna recipes, including classic meat lasagna...
Make sure you have a quick and easy dinner ready to go next...
- Ease of Preparation
- Total Time
- 1 hour or less
- 8 or more
- Preparation/ Technique
- May/June 1995