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Date Cookies

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A fun mediterranean inspired cookie recipe, these buttery date cookies are sweet, nutty, chewy and completely irresistible - perfect for cookie exchanges 

  • Author: Yumna Jawad
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It’s cookie exchange season! I love this time of the year because we are seriously all cookie monsters in my house! And although I’m not a huge baker, I love finding simple baking recipes and adding my own little twist to them to make them healthier or simple. I found this date cookies recipe from Tori Avey, an honestly didn’t even change a thing. They are rich, buttery and chewy and will give everyone on your cookie exchange list a break from oatmeal raisin cookies!

Date cookies on a white plate

How to make date cookies

This is a pretty standard cookie recipe, so it’s easy to follow along. Think of it like oatmeal raisin cookies, but instead of the raisins and oatmeal, we’re adding dates and pecans.

The pecans were super quick to chop up. The dates on the other hand were a bit of a sticky situation. But I had my kids help me pit them, and then it took me about 5 minutes only to chop them up. Making cookies is totally a family effort sometimes!

Chopped pecans and chopped dates for the date cookies

For best results and to ensure that everything is well incorporated, use a stand mixer or hand mixer. Cream the butter and sugars together, then add the flour mixture. When you have a smooth cookie dough, fold in the pecans.

Mixing bowl showing the cookie dough before and after adding chopped pecans

Give it a good mix and then fold in the dates.

Mixing bowl showing all the ingredients mixed then adding the dates and mixing again

And now you’re ready to bake the cookies, or you can chill them and bake them at another time. You can also roll them into a cookie dough log, freeze it and then slice and bake when the cravings set in.

I tried it first with 1/2 cup of butter and the result was a more dense and crunchy cookie. We loved them this way and you can really taste the dates and pecans. This is what those looked like.

Date cookies out of the oven on a tray

Then I followed the recipe and used the recommended full cup of butter and the result was a more buttery (obvi!) cookie. But it was also more chewy and more rich. So you can have your choice here. I think I prefer the latter with a whole cup of butter.

Overall, these date cookies are easy-to-make, rich in taste and total crowd pleasers! Some people even think they taste like pecan pie. It’s that gooey baked dates with the crunchy pecans that gives that effect. What I love about them is that they are a festive treat that is not so common and uses up dates, which we also have an abundance of in my house. Move over oatmeal raisin cookies, and make room for these delicious date cookies!

Plate of date cookies with one hand going in to grab a cookie

Tips for making date cookies:

  • Make sure to use fresh soft dates. If the dates you’re using are a bit dry, you can place them in a bowl of water and heat them in the microwave for 10-20 seconds. You can also heat them on the stovetop with a few teaspoons of water. Either technique will soften them up. They will also soften more as they bake.
  • Don’t over bake the cookies. When the timer goes off (between 8 to 11 minutes depending on the size of the cookies), they may not look completely done, but as long as the edges are brown and they have puffed up, remove from the oven. They will continue to slightly cook as the cool.
  • Chill the dough. If time allows, it really helps to chill the dough for at least two hours before baking. Chilling the cookie dough allows the butter to solidify. So when the cookies bake in the oven, the butter takes longer to melt and keeps the cookie more compact.

If you make this healthy-ish feel good Date Cookies recipe, please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I would love to hear about your experience making it. And if you snapped some shots of it, share it with me on Instagram so I can repost on my stories!

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4.5 from 4 votes
Date cookies on a white plate
Date Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins

A fun mediterranean inspired cookie recipe, these buttery date cookies are sweet, nutty, chewy and completely irresistible - perfect for cookie exchanges 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple dessert, christmas, Cookies, Holidays, Mediterranean
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 250 kcal
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups roughly chopped pecans toasted
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pitted dates
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until well combined, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla. Gradually add the flour mixture. Mix on low speed until the flour is well incorporated. Stir in the pecans and dates.
  5. If time permits, cover the dough with plastic and chill for 2 hours or overnight. This allows the cookies to be thicker more chewy.
  6. Scoop the chilled dough using a cookie scoop onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie
  7. Bake 8-11 minutes, or until golden brown and cookie is puffed.

  8. Cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

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Recipe Notes

Recipe: This recipe is adopted from Tori Avey.

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. These date cookies will stay fresh for up to 5-7 days at room temperature

Make Ahead Tips: You can make the cookie dough up to 2 days in advance. You can roll the cookie dough into logs and freeze them for baking at a later time. 

Sourcing: You can find the dates at Middle Eastern markets, natural-foods stores or even in large supermarkets, often located with raisins. You can also use date paste if you find it available at your local grocery store.

Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However if you don't like pecans, any other nut will work well in this recipe. I would recommend walnuts. You can also omit the pecans all together to make it a nut-free recipe.

Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate only. It will vary based on the specific ingredients used. The nutrition information for these cookies assumes the dough makes 48 cookies and each serving is for two cookies.

Nutrition Facts
Date Cookies
Amount Per Serving (2 cookies)
Calories 250 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 226mg 9%
Potassium 121mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 19g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 5.7%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 2.2%
Iron 6.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Reply
    Kameelah Wilkerson
    June 6, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    These were darn delicious!

  • Reply
    Linda A Harry
    February 12, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    These cookies are so yummy. Husband loves them!

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      February 12, 2019 at 7:48 pm

      Yay! So glad to hear it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Greta Gildenstone
    December 10, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    These are absolutely fantastic! What are your thoughts on adding a hint of almond extract to them? I feel like that would make it!

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      December 10, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed them. And I think almond extract would be great. Just leave out the vanilla extract 🙂

  • Reply
    December 2, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    Was craving cookies. Nothing more satisfying than these rich chewy date cookies. Had 4 of them so far.

    • Reply
      Yumna Jawad
      December 2, 2018 at 6:49 pm

      That’s so great to hear! Thank you!!

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