Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 12 mins

In making cookies for Christmas I was trying to keep in mind what I had in my cabinets (instead of running out for more supplies). I found a recipe in the "More With Less" cookbook that looked interesting. I adapted it pretty heavily based on what I had. These are soft cookies that spread a ton while baking. They are a little crumbly but had a lovely soft, almost old fashioned molasses type taste. Sucanat is unrefined sugar. It has a lovely taste and more redeeming social value then refined sugar. If you don't have it, though, brown sugar would be a fine replacement.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together the butter, sucanat, and eggs.
  3. In a different bowl combine the flour through all spice.
  4. Add the flour to the butter mixture alternating with the milk until it is all combined.
  5. Stir in the oatmeal and dates.
  6. Drop by teaspoons onto a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until slightly browned.
  8. Immediately remove from pans onto a rack to cool.
Most Helpful

5 5

Very tasty cookies. My kids loved them. I used "light" margarine, and they still turned out great.

4 5

An excellent recipe. Very easy. Nice texture. Not too sweet. I also like that it made a lot of cookies. I did find them, however, a little bland for my taste. The second time I added a more spice and about 1/3 cup of coconut. Coconut goes nicely with dates.

5 5

These were a great way to use up the dates that I had leftover. I found that when I greased my cookie sheet, they spread a lot. But when there was only a touch of grease on the sheet, they didn't spread much at all. I don't use cooking spray so I had to "make do". Next time I get dates, these will be first on the list to get made. Even my 7 year old son liked them! He couldn't wait to take them to school! Thanks so much for a great and healthy recipe!