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Oatmeal Cookies with Dates, Raisins, and Sunflower Seeds

Posted By Vera On October 29, 2007 @ 11:47 pm In Cookies,Desserts | No Comments

These cookies are full of healthy nutritious ingredients. Thus they are perfect for packing into the lunch boxes.

Makes about 4 dozens.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (lightly packed) dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates, mixed with 1 tsp of flour (to prevent them from sticking together)
  • 1 cup toasted sunflower seeds

Preparation:

Center the oven rack. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line the baking sheets with parchment or silicon mats.

Mix the first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl.

Using an electric mixer, in a large bowl, beat the butter for a couple of minutes. Gradually add the both sugars and continue beating until fluffy. Beat in the honey, eggs (one at a time), and vanilla. Reduce the speed, and gradually add the flour mixture. Switch to a wooden spoon and stir in the oats, raisins, dates, and seeds. Drop the batter by a tablespoon (a little ice cream scoop is a very useful tool here) onto the prepared sheets, spacing the mounds 2 inches apart. Flatten the cookies slightly.

Bake the cookies in batches until golden brown, about 12-13 minutes. Cool completely on the sheets on a rack. Can be made 2-3 days ahead. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Variation:

Sometimes, I use dry cherries and chopped bittersweet chocolate instead of the raisins and dates. Add chopped walnuts (or different nuts) instead of the seeds.

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