Date Oatmeal Cookies
60 Min

Date Oatmeal Cookie

My fascination with cookies is decadeslong — from the first time in the 1980s when I tasted a warm gooey chocolate chip Mrs. Field’s cookie at an airport, I was hooked.

Over the years, I’ve learned that the best way to enjoy cookies super fresh is to have a cookie-dough stash in the freezer. Going from freezer to oven helps maintain their shape and prevents them from spreading too much, and the inside remains soft and delicious.

These date cookies make for a quick snack and are even great for breakfast with coffee or chai. They satisfy the sweet craving without a heavy sugar dose. The maple syrup sweetens them just right, but if you like your cookies sweeter, feel free to add sugar.

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Cook Time

60 Minutes



Step 1
Stir together the dry ingredients and set aside.
Step 2
Using a whisk, mix the butter, goat cheese and maple syrup until smooth. Add the eggs into the butter mixture one at a time until combined.
Step 3
Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in the chopped dates and chocolate and mix until just combined.
Step 4
Gather the mixture over a parchment paper and shape into roughly 12 to 14-inch log with a 2 1/2 to 3-inch diameter. Freeze until ready to bake the cookies.
Step 5
To Bake: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Slice the log into1/2-inch wheels. Place on a greased or parchment paper lined baking pan and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. (The cookies will spread a little, so adjust spacing accordingly.) Remove and cool.
170 grams all-purpose flour
227 grams rolled oats
57 grams cornmeal
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
113.5 grams (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
57 grams goat cheese, softened
140 grams maple syrup
2 eggs
113 grams Medjool dates, pitted and chopped fine
113 grams chocolate chips

Notes & Variations

  • Replace the dates with raisins, currants, or dried apricots.
  • Omit the chocolate if desired — do not replace with anything or replace with equal parts toasted walnuts or pecans.
  • The cookie log will remain in the freezer for up to a month.
  • Replace goat cheese with cream cheese for a milder tasting cookie.
60 Min

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