Date 'Jam' Stuffed Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Oh boy, I hope you're ready for a nutritious, really delicious cookie that could easily pass as a perfect mid-morning energizer with a cup of tea. These oatmeal-rich cookies have the gloriously warm scent and taste of cardamom and vanilla, paired with a softer, date jam (that will practically make itself - directions below) that's nestled inside the cookie. Topped with a crunchy walnut, you're set to go. (Scroll farther down for a refresher on the nutritional benefits of oats.)

Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and heat the oven to 350˚F.

To prepare 'date jam', add chopped dates and water to small saucepan and simmer, covered, for 10-15 minutes, stirrig occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, and cardamom.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl, using a hand-held electric mixer), beat the butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat until combined. On low speed, mix in the dry ingredients until combined. Using a wooden spoon or silicone spatula, fold in oats.

Drop rounded tablespoons of dough about 2 inches apart onto two ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten slightly, then spread 2 teaspoons fig jam on top of cookie, then add 1 additional teaspoon of oatmeal dough, flattened slightly to make a 'lid' for each cookie. Place a walnut on top.

Bake, rotating the sheets and swapping positions halfway through, until the cookies are firm and golden, about 10 minutes. Transfer the sheets to cooling racks and let sit for 5 minutes. Transfer the cookies directly to the racks to cool completely.

Oatmeal's health benefits:

Whole Grain

Oatmeal is a whole grain, and eating whole grains can lower your risk for several diseases, including high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Oatmeal also contains lignans, a plant chemical that has been found to prevent heart disease. In addition, whole grains such as oats are a source of iron, magnesium and B vitamins.

Lower Cholesterol

Eating oatmeal can lower your cholesterol, especially your LDL, or "bad" cholesterol. If you've been diagnosed with high cholesterol, consider adding oatmeal to your daily menu. even recommends oatmeal as one of the top five foods to eat to improve your cholesterol numbers.


Oatmeal is a source of fiber. That means when you eat oats for breakfast, you're going to feel full for a long time. Breakfast foods high in sugar and fat can make you feel full for a brief period, but then you're hungry again. A breakfast smoothie, consisting of blended oats, fruit and ice, can satisfy your hunger easily until lunch.

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