Oatmeal Cookies with Dates and Bittersweet Chocolate

These delicious cookies are chock-full of oats, cinnamon, chopped dates and bittersweet chocolate chips.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 35 min (includes chilling and cooling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: about 2 dozen cookies
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Ingredients

1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/3 cup packed light brown sugar

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 large egg

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup rolled oats

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon fine salt

3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped pitted dates

Directions

  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Beat the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg and beat to combine.
  3. Whisk together the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat until just combined. Stir in the bittersweet chocolate chips and dates.
  4. Scoop slightly mounded tablespoons of the dough and roll into balls. Arrange about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, position oven racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  6. Bake until the cookies are set and golden on the bottom, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Cook’s Note

When measuring flour, we spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off the excess. (Scooping directly from the bag compacts the flour, resulting in dry baked goods.)