Date, pecan and ginger cookies

September 6 2011
by emma

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. 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.
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  2. 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 🙂

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

      Hope your boy likes them.

  3. 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”

  4. 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.

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