Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Eggless Oats - Dates Cookies with a Soft Chewy Interior

First of all, what's with the name? It's like this: This recipe was a last minute hodge-podge done after I realised that we were out of biscuits/ cookies, sort of a must-have in the home of a toddler, because you don't know when they will ask for one.
So I threw in some oats, some dates and then some, which resulted in a pretty tasty cookie, except that the interior was chewy, almost like it was a filling in the cookie. It wasn't uncooked, it was definitely baked, but it was still not how the inside of a cookie should be. I figured too much milk was the culprit and decided to not blog about these cookies at all and maybe modify the recipe and try some other day.

However, after I refrigerated the cookies for a couple of hours, the centres became harder and the cookies turned out to be just what they are supposed to be - crunchy, chewy cookies. To add to this, my son and my husband loved the cookies so I thought of blogging about them anyway.
If you plan to try this recipe, you decide whether you would like a soft- chewy interior or a crisp-chewy interior and refrigerate/ do not refrigerate accordingly.

20 dates, pitted
1/2 cup hot milk
1 cup oats
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

Soak 10 dates in hot milk for a few minutes. Chop the remaining 10 dates finely.

In a large bowl, combine oats, wheat flour, baking soda and sugar. Add melted butter and mix well.

Grind the soaked dates and milk into a smooth paste. Add to the above. Add chopped dates. Mix well to form a sticky dough.

Refrigerate the dough for one to two hours.

Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper. With a tablespoon measure scoop out the dough, form into balls and place on the sheet two inches apart. Using a tablespoon measure will give you cookies of the same size.

Bake for 13 to 14 mts till the sides look brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. The interiors will be soft and chewy. For crispy interiors, refrigerate for a few hours.

Makes approx 24 cookies.



  1. wow..that looks so tempting.....wonderfully baked to perfection...nice clicks too..

  2. Very addictive cookies, can guess how tasty they are..

  3. Lovely looking cookies. Excellent recipe.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  4. So healthy and perfectly baked cookies !!

  5. That is a wonderful addition of dates and making them eggless is always my kind :)

  6. cookies are looking great.....dates and oats nice combo

  7. Awesome I have to try this..looks so yummy and nutritious at the same time!

  8. Mayye... Tried this Cookie today.. It came out Good :D :D ... Thankuuuuu very much... :D :D



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