Oatmeal Date Sandwich Cookies

This date cookie recipe is one of my Mom’s and it is my absolute favorite.

I noticed the other day that my container is nearly empty. I keep them in the freezer and eat them while they are still slightly frozen. You can’t store them on the counter, they will get very soft and mushy.¬†These are easy because they are just a roll in your palm cookie.

Oatmeal Date Sandwich Cookies

Add all the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Chill in the refrigerator an hour. (make the date filling while the dough chills)
Roll into small balls and flatten with a glass by about half the thickness.
Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Buy a 1 pound package of kind that is a rectangular block. They will be found by the raisins in the grocery store.
Chop them up and put them in a small saucepan.
Add 1/2 cup water and bring to a simmer.
Stir occasionally and simmer until the consistency of thick jam.
To sandwich the cookies put a small spoonful of date filling on the underside of one cookie and sandwich with the underside of another cookie. Freeze in a container.
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I believe a package would be a pound.
A little bit of additional information from my trials and errors. Pkg is a 1 lb. To avoid that heavy chopping, hard on hands that are experiencing troubles,here’s the lazy man’s way. Place the dates and water in a saucepan. I use at least 2/3c, maybe 3/4 c water. I sometimes use orange juice and a bit of rind instead of water. I cook this block, breaking it apart as it softens, until soft and the desired consistency. Into the blender it goes. After a few quick buzzes I have a nice smooth texture without virtually any work. I have used the single dates the same way, adjusting liquid by boiling more if too soupy.

I will attest the cookies go soft and mushy. My answer is that the cookies before sandwiching can stay in the cookie jar. The date filling is in a jar in the fridge. I then sandwich the cookies as I need them. This way I could also have plain cookies for the person at the same time who didn’t care for dates. The filling freezes well.