Date and Oat Cookies

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Cooking: 15–20 minutes


  • 200g plain flour Sifted
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 75g almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 30g quick cooking oats
  • 140g butter
  • 125g castor sugar
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 small egg


  • 100g good quality plain chocolate, melted


  • Line baking trays with greased greaseproof paper. Put the oats in a food processor and blend until fairly fine. Remove and set aside.
  • Beat butter, sugar and essence until light and creamy. Add the egg and continue to beat for 1 minute or until light and fluffy.
  • Sift in flour, baking powder and salt to mix. Briefly stir in the oats, chopped dates and almonds with a metal spoon.
  • Lightly form into balls Place them on prepared trays and bake in preheated oven at 170°C degrees C for 15–20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool for 1 minute on the trays before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
  • To melt the chocolate
  • Put chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Place the bowl over a saucepan of hot water and stir until chocolate melts. Put into a piping bag and pipe fine lines over the cookies.