Even before dates became a favorite holiday food they were widely used as a sweetener in baked goods. Here sweet dates and salty nuts combine with gooey chocolate and chewy oatmeal for a happy holiday
1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups quick or old fashioned oats (uncooked)
3/4 cup dates, chopped
3/4 cup salted pistachios
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks or morsels
Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Beat together butter, brown sugar and
1/2 cup sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Add egg and almond extract; mix to combine.
In separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to
butter mixture, mixing well.
Stir in oats until combined.
Add dates, pistachios and chocolate; mix well.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll balls in a shallow bowl
containing 1 cup sugar.
Place on parchment-lined baking sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes.
Cool cookies on pan for one minute or until set; transfer to
wire rack to cool completely.
Store cookies in airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.