Date Filled Cookies

Christmas Baking Series Part 1

There used to be a department store in downtown Salt Lake City and in that store was a bakery that made and sold the most delicious date filled cookies.  My husband and I used to drive there just to buy some.  We would buy two date filled and two pumpkin chocolate chip {which were super delicious, too}.  Looking back on it it seems so funny to me that we would drive 20 miles, pay to park in a parking garage, wander through the store to get to the bakery, and then only buy four cookies.


Flash forward several years.

I found out that my mom had a recipe for date filled cookies.  So I made them one year and they are just as delicious as the ones we loved from that department store.  They aren’t as big with as much filling {I guess I could always use a larger cookie cutter} but I still love them.  So does my hubby.  And my mom.  And my dad.  In fact, last year before my parents came to our house for Christmas my mom asked if I wanted her to bake anything to bring. {My mom is a good cook.}  I told her I was wanting some of her date filled cookies so she baked up a batch and brought them along with a lot of other yummy treats that she made.  I was thrilled.

For some reason I only make them at Christmas time.  So it’s only natural that when my blogging friends and I decided to do a Christmas Baking Series this is the first recipe that came to mind.  I hope you like them as well as I do.

After the dough is rolled out, cut, and placed on a cookie sheet,
spoon about one tablespoon of the filling onto each cut-out circle.

Date Filled Cookies-2

Then roll out more dough and cut and place a cut-out on top of each cookie and slightly flatten them.
Don’t seal the edges ~ just bake them with the cookie laying on top.

Date Filled Cookies-3

Date Filled Cookies

Yield: about 26 cookies

Date Filled Cookies


    For the Cookie Dough:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup shortening {I use butter-flavored}
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For the Filling:
  • 1 cup dates (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


    For the Cookie Dough:
  1. Combine the sugar and shortening. Mix well.
  2. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Add the baking soda, salt, and flour. Mix until combined.
  4. Chill.
  5. For the Filling:
  6. Combine all of the ingredients in a small sauce pan and cook until thickened.
  7. To Make the Cookies:
  8. Roll out the dough thinly ~ about 1/16 - 1/8 inch thick.
  9. Cut out the dough using a round cookie cutter and place them on a Silpat or parchment lined cookie sheet, or a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
  10. Place one tablespoon of the filling on the center of each cookie dough cut-out. {See above photo.}
  11. Roll out more dough and cut it out the same way and place one over the filling of each cookie. {See above photo.}
  12. Slightly press down each cookie.
  13. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until they just start to turn golden on the edges.


I think they're best eaten at room temperature.


A few of my friends are sharing their Christmas baking favorites on their blogs today, too.
Take a look:

Kim at Simply Domestic :: Caramel Popcorn
Jeanie at Create and Babble :: Marshmallow Fudge Brownies
Leilani at Keeping Up With Mrs. Smith :: Peppermint Shortbread Pinwheels
Maureen at Red Cottage Chronicles :: Cherry Chews

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13 Responses to Date Filled Cookies

  1. Leilani November 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    What a charming story behind these cookies. All that way for only 4 cookies. haha! Thanks for sharing. I love dates and foods that I can pull apart and eat in layers. (I’m weird that way.)

    • Lori November 18, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

      I know, funny story, huh? I read on your blog about your peppermint pinwheel cookies how you like to eat those cookies around in the layers. So funny!

  2. Michelle November 21, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    I can’t wait to try these, I haven’t had them in years. I remember the first time I had them I was babysitting for a lady from church and she had just baked some and told me to try them. Yum!!!

    • Lori November 21, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

      That was brave of you to try one as a young girl and then actually like it. I’m impressed. I think I would have declined because I was a very picky eater until my adult years. {My hubby would probably say that I’m still a picky eater.}

  3. ColleenB. November 21, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    Oh, what memories. My mom has passed, but when I was a child I remember her making these every year for Christmas as well.
    If I’m not mistaken, I think she also used mincemeat filling in some. Only difference is; she used a fork and crimped the edges all the way around the cookie.
    Thanks for such a fond memory

    • Lori November 21, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

      Hi Colleen. I’m so happy that these cookies brought back such fond memories. I’ve never used or even tasted mincemeat but I’ve seen it before and can imagine it could be used, too. And crimping the edges would make them prettier but a just a teensy bit more work. Thanks for leaving a comment about your childhood memory.

  4. Winnie November 25, 2013 at 12:58 am #

    Wonderful cookies!
    We love dates and I make a different kind of date-cookies
    I’d love to try your version 🙂

  5. Jen October 13, 2019 at 11:41 am #

    Can these be frozen?

    • Lori October 14, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

      Yes, these cookies freeze nicely. Just pop them in the freezer like any other cookie that you’ve frozen. Have a great day!


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