Oatmeal Date Cookies

Fun fact: I do not like raisins. Not even a little bit. I do, however, very much like oatmeal cookies. They’re chewy and cinnamon-y and just plain yummy. Of course, oats and raisins have long been joined together in cookiedom, so finding oatmeal cookies without raisins is usually a challenge. So, I usually make my own oatmeal cookies, substituting something like dates or currants for the raisins to make them more me-friendly.

Oatmeal Date Cookies are chewy, nutty treats with just the right amount of sweetness! - Bake or Break

I made these cookies just after Halloween and sent them to work with Quinn. The consensus was that they were a nice break from the sweet overload of the previous days. I have to agree. They are just sweet enough. Plus, they have that hint of cinnamon working for them. I also added almonds to these, and I really like the extra flavor and the little bit of crunch they added.

Oatmeal Date Cookies are chewy, nutty treats with just the right amount of sweetness! - Bake or Break

I don’t think I’m alone in my anti-raisin stance. I once went to a cooking demonstration given by Alton Brown. He said that to make the best raisin-containing cookies, measure out the raisins, throw them out, and substitute an equal amount of chocolate. I’m sure these cookies could be made with raisins instead of dates, but I’ll have to depend on some of you to determine that for sure.

Oatmeal Date Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Yield: about 5 dozen cookies

Oatmeal Date Cookies


  • 1 & 1/4 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 & 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup dried dates, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped, toasted almonds or pecans (optional)


Preheat oven to 375°.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth. Add brown sugar and granulated sugar, beating until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing just until incorporated. Beat in vanilla.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, oats, dates, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add flour mixture gradually to butter mixture, mixing just until combined. Stir in nuts.

Drop dough by tablespoonful onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.


Cook time is per baking sheet.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.


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  1. JEP November 7, 2011 Reply

    I like raisins but am especially fond of dates this time of year. Plan to cut the recipe in half & add some toasted pecans…sounds perfect for me!

  2. Ceren November 7, 2011 Reply

    I dislike raisins with all my heart, and get so upset when my favorite cookies or muffins include them;( and I LOVE DATES. I was just reading my mum today it’s health benefits. They are delicious….. I will try baking cookies with dates this weekend. Thanks for the idea;)))

  3. Laura @ GotChocolate November 7, 2011 Reply

    What I wouldn’t give for one of these oatmeal cookies RIGHT NOW!!! I never liked them as a kid, but LOVE them as an adult! BIG TIME!!!

  4. Now, I know it’s just me, but I would add chocolate chips to the cookies. But then again, I’ll add chocolate chips to just about anything.

  5. Jenni November 8, 2011 Reply

    These cookies look fantastic! I dislike raisins, too, and have a newfound love for dates! I am definitely going to have to try this recipe! Is it just raisins you don’t like, or all dried fruit? I sometimes replace raisins with dried cherries, cranberries or blueberries (or a mix of dried fruits) and I really like the results I get with it!

    • jennifer November 8, 2011 Reply

      Jenni, I do like other dried fruits. I just have never liked raisins. Dried cherries and cranberries are a couple of my favorites!

  6. The Food Hunter November 8, 2011 Reply

    I can go either way…dates or raisins work for me.

  7. This is so timely as I have a big bag of dates to use up. Can’t wait to try it – what a good lunchbox addition for the kids too. (Oh and I dont like raisins either!!)

  8. Angie Walker November 14, 2011 Reply

    I have always wanted to make something with dates….this is perfect!

  9. Becky @ Skinnyfat Girls November 15, 2011 Reply

    Anything with oats and cinnamon is a win in my book. :)

  10. Nicki November 18, 2011 Reply

    I love it! There is nothing in the world I hate more than raisins. Well, except maybe canned asparagus. So funny! Thank you for sharing, I thought I was the only one who loathed those nasty things:) I wish I could try this recipe, but we are no nut, nuts at my house. It looks super yummy!!

  11. Lily November 18, 2011 Reply

    Mmm these look yummy! I also hate raisins but I haven’t tried dates. I’ll have to try these cookies and see if they’re a good substitute.

  12. Amy @ Chef Basket November 25, 2011 Reply

    This sounds so delicious. Oatmeal and Dates are a nice healthy combination as well as being tastey. Thanks for putting this up.

  13. Megan's Cookin' March 9, 2012 Reply

    I don’t mind raisins but I would rather have chocolate chips or dates! :) This looks like a cookie I need to try.

  14. Saba April 6, 2012 Reply

    Where is the recipe of oatmeal date cookie??

    • jennifer April 6, 2012 Reply

      Saba, the link to the recipe is above the top photo.

  15. Dion September 11, 2012 Reply

    I didn’t have enough butter so I used 1c butter, 1 avocado and almost a cup of applesauce. They are soft, chewy and very delicious with a lot “better” fat than butter fat.

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