While we love my classic version with raisins you can substitute with any dried fruit and for Brits their go-to is currants. Dried apricots, cranberries, or blueberries also make a delectable oatmeal cookie.
We have been working to find more ways to get fibre into our diets and since we had a container of pitted dates handy, I thought we would try this version inspired by Roxana Jullapat which uses whole wheat instead of all-purpose.
Interestingly, dates add a delicious butterscotch flavour to the cookie which does make them different from the raisin coo. Large flake (old-fashioned oats) give you more texture, but the finer flakes were just as yummy in my tests.
Fibre Rich Oatmeal Date Cookies
- 8 tbsp. unsalted butter room temperature
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- ½ tsp. kosher salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 large egg
- ¾ cup whole wheat flour
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- 1 cup dates pitted and chopped
- In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and both sugars at medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the salt, baking soda, and cinnamon and mix until well combined, 1 minute. Add the egg and mix for another minute. Add the flour and oats and mix on low speed until combined. Finally, add the dates in two additions to make sure they’re distributed evenly throughout. The dough will be very soft at this point.
- Place two racks in the middle positions and preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Using a cookie scoop, drop cookies on the prepared baking sheets, at least 3 inches apart to prevent the cookies from touching as they spread when they bake. Bake for 10 minutes, rotate the baking sheets and switch their positions in the oven, and bake for another 6 to 8 minutes, until the edges are brown and the middle is golden. Rotating and switching the sheets halfway through the baking process will ensure that the cookies bake evenly.
- Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheets. The cookies keep well for a couple of days stored in an airtight container.