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Golden State Dates

Golden State DatesOld-fashioned California oatmeal date cookies get a make-over with the addition of chocolate chips and salted pistachios.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 2 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar - divided use
1 large egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose 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 semisweet chocolate chunks or chips

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll balls in a shallow bowl containing 1 cup sugar. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets.
  5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Cool cookies on pan for one minute or until set; transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Store cookies in airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Makes 5 dozen cookies.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.