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Date, pecan and ginger cookies

Is there anything better than the warming fragrance of home made cookies baking?  These chewy, spicy and sweet cookies were a delight and were made with oil rather than butter.  Just an excuse to have more I think.




1/2 cup pitted dates, roughly chopped
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup grapeseed oil
1 egg (59g whole weight)
1 tspn vanilla or maple extract
3/4 cup self raising flour
3/4 cup plain flour
2 tspn ground ginger
80g toasted pecans, chopped finely

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.  Line 2 baking trays with non-stick baking paper.

Place dates in a heat proof bowl and cover with just boiled water.  Soak for 5 minutes then drain well, patting with paper towel.

While dates are soaking, whisk sugar, oil, egg and extract in a large mixing bowl.  Add flours, ground ginger, pecans and dates and stir until combined.

Roll mixture into portions and place on trays, leaving 5cm between cookies.  Press cookies with a fork slightly to flatten.  Bake for 14 minutes or until light golden.

Cool cookies on trays for 5 minutes then move to rack to cool.

Adapted from:

Makes: 12-15 cookies

Note:  to toast pecans, place on baking paper lined baking tray and place in preheated, 180C oven for 5-7 minutes, or until fragrant.

    9 Responses leave one →
    1. September 6, 2011

      Pretty new blog! I’ll update the link on the blogroll.

      I luuurve the smell of fresh cookies baking in the oven, especially when ginger warms up. Heaven…

    2. September 7, 2011

      Looks yummy!! perfect way to start the morning. my kids do love ginger cookies so this is a killer recipe for them. Thanks for sharing.
      Feel free to check out my site, am giving out a free designer’s lunch bag :)

    3. hungrygrad permalink
      September 7, 2011

      If I don’t have grapeseed oil — how’s olive oil or vegetable oil as a substitute? My main squeeze loooooooves some dates so I have a feeling he’ll loooooooove these cookies, they look awesome :)

      • September 7, 2011

        That’s fine – as long as the oil has a light, bland flavour, it works for baking.

        Hope your boy likes them.

    4. September 7, 2011

      Hi Emma-you certainly made a huge change, your new blog name…love it!…your Template, everything a whole new look. So refreshing, and inviting.
      Your delicious cookies are so inviting, as do the lovely photos!
      Wishing you a lot of success on your new “home site”

    5. September 7, 2011

      Even though I should be sad that summer is over, I’m actually quite excited for fall and nothing makes me feel more ready than baking a batch of cooking and biting into one, warm from the oven.

    6. Elise permalink
      November 16, 2012

      Oh boy….so easy and so yum! Thankyou for helping me to brighten my grandmothers day:)

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