If you find yourself in the kitchen after dinner on the hunt for something sweet… If you find your afternoon cup of tea lacking a little accompanying treat… If you find yourself just in need of baked goods in a heartbeat, these cookies are for you!
They are ludicrously simple. They’re based on a basic cookie dough we were taught at Le Cordon Bleu. I love the addition of dates as they add some chew and the nuts add great texture. You can really add whatever floats your boat or add nothing at all and keep them a dead simple butter biscuit.
Buttery Date & Walnut Cookies
- 125g butter, softened
- 50g caster sugar
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 150g plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- about a cup of chopped walnuts
- about a cup of pitted, chopped dates
Preheat oven to 180˚C.
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla and salt.
Whisk together the flour and baking powder. Add to butter mixture and stir gently until combined.
Fold in the nuts and dates.
Form the dough into little balls. Place onto a lined baking tray. Spread them out well spaced and press down lightly on each cookie.
*if your hands are quite warm pop the dough into the fridge for 30 minutes to chill
Bake for about 15 minutes until lightly golden. Don’t even bother allowing them to cool. Tuck in immediately!
The husband has been talking about these oatmeal raisin cookies since our early dating days when he only liked me for my washing machine. He explained how his German granny ‘Vovo’ made these for him growing up and no matter what biscuit/crunchie/cookie I baked for him nothing could ever compare to these. At the time I was ever so slightly peeved. How good could these cookies be? Well I recently found out… and they are that good.
On our recent trip to the states Vovo arrived at our airbnb one day with a bag full of groceries for me and this recipe. Now no pressure but I had to bake these cookies for the entire family. No problemo. So I get cracking in the kitchen with an oven that keeps tripping, no mixing bowls, no scale or baking utensils and only a 1/2 cup for measuring and one plastic teaspoon. We even had to make a dash to the shops to buy a baking tray. Anyhoo, all that aside and some suspect measuring later the most delicious smell on earth was emanating from the kitchen. This recipe makes about 40-50 cookies depending on their size. They lasted just under 24 hours. They were inhaled.
The type of oats you use for these oatmeal raisin cookies is rather important. Try find big, beautiful, large flake rolled oats. Definitely don’t use any instant or quick oats. They will alter the texture and you definitely don’t want that. These cookies are superbly crunchy and chewy at the same time. I found some gorgeous big rolled oats at Wellness Warehouse for those in SA. As for the chocolate- dark chocolate chips are the way forward or else a slab of dark chocolate chopped into chunks that will make glorious oozy gooey pockets of love. Oh and just a warning- the raw dough is ADDICTIVE. I tucked in while rolling the cookies out and actually reduced the amount of work I had to do as I was decreasing the dough rapidly. Whoops.
Vovo’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
makes A LOT (40-50 depending on size)
- 225g butter, softened
- 180g brown sugar
- 115g granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla paste
- 190g flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp fine sea salt
- 330g rolled oats
- 170g raisins
- 100g dark chocolate chips/chunks
Preheat oven to 180˚C. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
Cream butter and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
In a separate bowl mix the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ground cinnamon and sea salt together. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter and mix well.
Finally fold in the oats, raisins and chocolate chips.
Place the mixture into the fridge for 30 minutes.
Roll out scant tablespoons of dough into little balls.
Refrigerate the balls for another 30 minutes and then bake them off in batches for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Dunk in some cold milk and enjoy!