Date Oatmeal Cookies


1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups uncooked quick-cooking rolled oats
1 package (8 ounces) whole pitted dates, coarsely chopped
1 cup chopped walnuts


Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla and blend in flour mixture. Beat in oats, dates, and nuts just until thoroughly blended. Shape into 4 logs about 7 inches long. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm.

Adjust rack to lower third of oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice each log into ⅛- to ¼-inch-thick rounds, and place 1 inch apart onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for about 8 minutes, or until cookies are set and light tan on the bottom. Cool on a wire rack.


About 8 dozen.

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