Spiced oats and date cookies

by Sunita on September 30, 2009

“Have you made any cookies today, mum?”…this question has been falling on my ears for quite a few days. And it’s true, I haven’t baked any cookies for quite a while now; actually a good few months, to be honest.

With temperatures dropping considerably, the kitchen with a warm oven is quite a pleasant place to be nowadays.So, a couple of days ago, the oven was promptly switched on and ingredients assembled to bake some cookies. I had quite a few dates which I was meaning to put into a cake. As the cake was nowhere near materialisation, I decided to put them into the cookies instead. Now, the li’l ones are a bit fussy as far as dates are concerned. So instead of just chopping and adding them, I pulsed them. Sneaky? You bet! So the dates and the other ingredients went towards the making of these delightful spiced oats and dates cookies.

What’s needed-

15 dates, stoned and roughly chopped
slightly more than 1/2 C of milk ( about 9 tblsps)
4 tblsp of sunflower oil
2 tblsp of honey
1/2 C of oat flakes
1C whole wheat flour (atta)
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground flax seeds (used the brown ones)
a little granulated sugar to roll the balls of cookie dough ( I used organic raw cane sugar)

How to-

  1. Puree the dates with the milk, mix in the oil and honey and keep aside.
  2. Place the granulated sugar in a bowl and keep aside.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the flour, oats, soda , flax seeds, ginger and cinnamon powders.
  4. Make a  well in the centre of the  flour mixture and tip in the dates mixture.
  5. Mix lightly with fingertips till everything  just comes together into a ball. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour.
  6. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C and line a baking tray with foil.
  7. Divide the mixture into 17-18 equal sized portions. Shape each portion into a ball and roll in the sugar.
  8. Arrange the balls in rows, on the prepared tray, leaving spaces between each. Flatten each ball with your fingertips or with the flat botom of a glass. Do not worry about slight cracks on the sides.
  9. Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 15 minutes. The cookies will be slightly soft at this stage but firm further on cooling. Cool them in the tray for a few seconds and transfer to a rack to cool completely before storing in air tight containers.

The cookies were an instant hit in our household. The slightly chewy and mildly sweet interior with a hint of spice, and the firm bite and crackle of the exterior was a sheer delight.

” I love them “, declared Rengoni and Agastya and Dinesh managed a rare  “fantastic” too. No one questioned the presence of the “not so popular in our household” dates ( yours truly is the only one who absolutely adores them).Well, no one asked, and I did not feel obligated, on this occasion, to enlighten them; no way was I going to play “guess the ingredients game”. Some things are best left unsaid.

As I too tuck into one of the cookies and look lovingly at the two little happy faces in front of me, asking for more;

as I gently chide them that they had enough for one day, I couldn’t help feeling a bit smug and hide a knowing smile, shake my head in amusement and sigh “ignorance is bliss”!

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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa September 30, 2009 at 11:10 pm

what pretty cookies”A wonderful treat! I love the sugar coating…




2 Ramya Kiran October 1, 2009 at 10:01 am

These cookies look so healthy! I too loved the sugar coating.


3 Dragana October 1, 2009 at 12:52 am

Sunita – these look wonderful! I am a huge fan of dates, prunes, dried apricots, cherries, etc. and I love to bake with them. I’m making these soon!


4 Sunita October 2, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Thanks Dragana…do give them a try.


5 jayasree October 1, 2009 at 5:17 am

Delicious and healthy cookies. Love the sugar coating.


6 Sharmila October 1, 2009 at 5:25 am

What a great way to use the dates Sunita!
Do you think there will be much difference if I skip the flax seeds? I may not get them here. I’d very much like to try these cookies. :-)


7 Sunita October 2, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Thanks Sharmila…do give them a try. I have used flax seeds here as a healthy ingredient. Leave them out and give a try…shouldn’t make a great deal of difference.


8 Nirmala October 1, 2009 at 6:49 am

:) Thats a clever Mommy! Dates in cookies are really good. Once I ground the dates into a paste and rolled them into small balls and dipped them in chocolate. Thats a great hit as they could never guess that the filling inside is dates ;)


9 Sunita October 2, 2009 at 10:52 pm

That sounds yummy Nirmala :-)


10 Apolina October 1, 2009 at 6:49 am

Wonderful! I have a packet of oats (which is like dates in your family) so I’ll pass them off with your recipe :-) Last week I made ANZAC bicuits that were appreciated so this can only be better…


11 Sunita October 2, 2009 at 10:53 pm

LOL Apolina, do give them a try.


12 chanchal October 1, 2009 at 8:22 am

Hey..sunita..I love your bakings..
The cookies look delicious and mouthwatering. ..
a must try for me..:)


13 Latha October 1, 2009 at 8:44 am

a very healthy and tasty cookie Sunita. Have you used flax seeds in place of eggs? I haven’t added flax seeds to my pantry….. do you grind them as and when needed? thanks!


14 Sunita October 2, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Thanks Latha, in this instance, i haven’t used flax seeds instead of eggs…just a healthy ingredient. As for the grinding, yes, i do that.


15 CurryLeaf October 1, 2009 at 11:24 am

Wonderful cookies.I too do not like dates as such but they are much better when baked.Love the coating you have given.Great cookies


16 Happy Cook October 1, 2009 at 11:28 am

Beautiful cookies, the sugarrds me of the nice cookies we get back at home ( ateast i think that was the name)


17 Alka October 1, 2009 at 1:30 pm

date cookies.. yum! and they look so cute, i could polish them in a minute! my mom used to puree onions into currries (even sambar, can you imagine) because as kids, my brother and I had an aversion to onions.. but we no problems wiping our plates clean with anything she put on the table.. and just like you, it was don’t ask, don’t tell.. :)


18 Sunita October 2, 2009 at 10:55 pm

No harm in that after all :-)


19 Sudeshna October 1, 2009 at 2:14 pm

They are looking so yummy, I would have loved to steal some from your kitchen :)


20 Bong Mom October 1, 2009 at 6:30 pm

These look perfect. Shubho Bijoya Sunita to you and your family

Can I use fresh grated ginger ?


21 Sunita October 1, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Thank you Sandeepa. I haven’t tried with fresh ginger, but you could try by rubbing it into the flour mixture before adding the wet mixture.


22 Sonu October 1, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Such a lovely and healthy cookies!


23 Hélène October 2, 2009 at 1:25 am

Looks delicious. I have to say that I love your pictures.


24 Sunita October 2, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Thanks helene :-)


25 nags October 2, 2009 at 8:41 am

the lighting on those pics are brilliant!!


26 Sunita October 2, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Thanks Nags :-)


27 susan from food blogga October 3, 2009 at 1:45 am

Hi Sunita! I saw this post earlier today and was so tempted that I already made a batch! I adapted it slightly, mainly by adding orange zest and juice, and I loved them! I’ll let you know when I post them. Thanks again! :)


28 Sunita October 3, 2009 at 9:50 am

Wow! You’ve made it already! Glad you liked it. Looking forward to your version.


29 Divya Vikram October 3, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Beautifully coated with sugar and a very sweet post SUnita!


30 Nishka October 9, 2009 at 9:27 am

Sunita, awesome, my mouth is watering and I am so excited right now – u know when u c that u hv all the ingredients you mentioned at home and it is eggless – imagine my joy :)

I’m so making this tomorrow – just need a little help to answer queries – atta: is it the normal chapatti atta? sugar – can we stick to what we usually use at home for tea?

many thanks,


31 Sunita October 9, 2009 at 11:26 am

atta- yes,it is (the chakki atta)
sugar- yes, you can


32 deeba October 10, 2009 at 8:46 am

Just gorgeous Sunita. Beautiful pictures too!


33 Rajeshwari December 15, 2009 at 9:12 am

hi sunita… i baked these wondeful cookies today and was glad to see them vanish in no time… i added some dessicated coconut also… my daughter who is otherwise a picky eater loved it to every bite.. thanks


34 Jeya January 19, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Hi Sunita,

If I am to use freshly ground wheat flour for this recipe, which wheat grain do you think I should buy? Is it the hard wheat grain or soft grain?


35 Sunita January 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Hi jeya, I use pillsbury atta. Haven’t been lucky to find freshly ground wheat flour, so am not very sure about it.


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