Chewy Oatmeal Cookies filled with sweet dates, fall spices and a rummy punch. A perfect cookie to enjoy this fall.
Cookies are a classic, easy favorite baked treat for many. We love cookies! Our cookie arsenal is large but I’m happy to report this new Rum Date Oatmeal Cookie recipe joining the ranks along side our other favorites.
- Peanut Butter Cookies with M&Ms
- Low Carb Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Nutella Cookies
- Ginger Snap Cookies
- Reese’s Turkey Cookies just like Grandma J.
- Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Marshmallow Surprise Chocolate Cookies
- Chewy Toffee Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Walnut Applesauce Cookies
BUT the real question here is, are you a fan of oatmeal cookies?
Do you love rum? My guess… you do and that’s why you’re here. This recipe was made for YOU!
These oatmeal cookies are amazing. Just imagine an oatmeal cookie recipe all grown up. Loaded with sweet flavors and dripping with rum flavor. I’m telling you, this is my new favorite oatmeal cookie recipe!
These Rum Date Oatmeal Cookies come out so soft and chewy. The smell of rum and taste of fall are exquisitely scrumptious.
WARNING… one will not be enough. So pour a glass of your favorite _______ and bite right in.
CAN I USE RAISINS IN PLACE OF DATES?
Yes! Raisins and dates can be interchangeable in this recipe. I love dates because they have a sweeter flavor but both, raisins or dates will soak up all the rummy goodness.
If replacing the dates with raisins, use the same amount.
RUM VS RUM EXTRACT:
You can use rum extract in place of rum in this recipe. All thought we don’t drink alcoholic beverages, we still love this recipe when made with dark Jamaican Rum. If you don’t have or use rum ever, you can substitute rum extract and water.
A couple of notes if you plan on substituting rum extract for the rum. Cookies made with rum extract and water will have a slightly sweeter rum flavor. If this substitution is made, the cookies will also cook a little faster (about a minute give or take).
RUM SOAKED VS NOT SOAKING:
You will see in the recipe card that the dates are soaked in rum for at least 5 hours but ideally overnight. If you don’t have time to soak the dates you can make this recipe skipping that step. Note, this will cause the dates to be more firm and chewy.
HERE’S THE FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE. ENJOY!
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 3 cups old fashion oats
- 6oz dates, chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1/2 cup rum* or 1 tsp rum extract +1/2 cup warm water
- In an airtight container, soak dates in rum (or rum extract + 1/2 cup water) for at least 5 hours, preferably overnight.
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Using an electric mixer with paddle attachment or a hand held mixer, cream butter, shortening and sugar together until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes).
- Add egg and vanilla. Mix. Scrape sides of bowl then mix again.
- In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients together (flour, oats, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and baking soda).
- Add dry ingredients to sugar mixture. Mix only until dry ingredients are almost incorporated. Scrape side of bowl. Add rum-soaked dates (plus any additional liquid). Mix for an additional 15-30 seconds. Mixture should be soft, sticky but still hold it's shape.
- Use a size 20 scoop (about 3 1/2 tablespoons) to shape dough. Place dough on prepared cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place 6 cookies on sheet OR use size 40 scoop ( about 2 tablespoons) placing 12 cookies per sheet.
- Bake at 325°F: size 20 large cookies for 12-15 minutes and size 40 small cookies for 8-9 minutes. See notes*
- For a softer cookie bake in a ball shape. For a chewy but more firm cookie, press cookie dough down with hand before backing. This will also help it spread.
- If substituting rum with rum extract and water, cookies will come out a bit more flat.
- If time doesn't allow you to soak the dates you can heat rum mixture and chopped dates in the microwave for 1 minute. Set aside to cool while prepping other ingredients OR add liquid and un-soaked dates. These methods will offer similar flavor but the dates will be more firm and chewy.
- I use Jamaican Dark Rum when I have it on hand
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 124mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g