Oatmeal Cookies with Raisin, Dates and Walnuts

The transition into fall is in full force in some places, but it seems like in central Texas the apples are not quite in yet and it still seems to hot to pull out the pumpkin.  I really wanted a fall dessert, but decided on the next best thing. Oatmeal cookies.

The cookies are loaded with dried fruit.   I used raisins and dates, but you could easily swap those out.  I made it with figs once…. delicious!

Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins, Dates, and Walnuts
adapted from Bon Appetit

makes 3-4 dozen

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped pitted dates
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with foil; butter foil. Blend first 5 ingredients in medium bowl.

Using electric mixer, beat butter and both sugars in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in honey, eggs, and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats, raisins, dates, and walnuts. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls onto prepared sheets, spacing mounds 2 inches apart. Flatten cookies slightly.

Bake cookies until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool completely on sheets.  Enjoy!

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