Date Walnut Cookies

chewy and soft date walnut cookies with bits of dates and walnuts speckled throughout

I am going to preface this by saying I love these date walnut cookies so much! They are the perfect blend of Middle Eastern flavors and, overall, just nutty, chewy, and the right amount of sweet. Truly irresistible- this is the cookie that family and friends rave about every holiday season!

I have so many dates left over from Ramadan, and I wanted to create a series based on this excellent fruit; dates. They are naturally sweet, high in fiber and antioxidants, and overall very nutritious. One of the first recipes I am sharing is these Date walnut cookies which I may say are heavenly. They are soft in the center, chewy, and have the perfect crunch from walnuts and sweetness from the dates. All of the flavors and textures go so well together!

chewy and soft date walnut cookies with bits of dates and walnuts speckled throughout
date walnut cookies

I hope you try these super easy date walnut cookies. They are a great way to use up the dates in your pantry. You can substitute walnuts for almonds or pecans even. This cookie base is one that I use for many cookie recipes, and it has never failed me.

Tips for making these Date Walnut Cookies:

  • Make sure that the butter is at room temperature and unsalted. Room temperature means that the butter is slightly softened but not melted or firm.
  • Use meatier dates like Medjool for the best results. As for nuts, you can use whatever you prefer, whether walnuts, almonds, or pecans. Either will yield amazing results.
  • Chill the cookie dough before baking to help hold its shape when baking, and do not over-bake. The cookie may seem like it isn’t done, but it will continue to bake as it cools, and you want that soft chewy texture rather than drying it out. If the cookie held its shape too much, you could gently pat it down after baking to flatten it out slightly if you prefer.

Check out other recipes from my Date Series:

Ma’amoul (Date Filled Cookies), Vegan Date Bars, Ma’amoul Coffee Cake, Sticky Date Pudding, Date Shake, Date Scones, Baked Date Oatmeal, Date Blondies

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chewy and soft date walnut cookies with bits of dates and walnuts speckled throughout
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5 from 48 votes

Date Walnut Cookies

These Date walnut cookies are soft and chewy and perfectly sweet from the dates and crunchy from the nuts. They are perfect with a cup of coffee or tea!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time13 minutes
Total Time27 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Middle Eastern
Keyword: cookie recipes, date cookies, date walnut cookies, easy baking recipes, easy cookie recipe, Fufus Kitchen
Servings: 20 cookies
Author: Heifa

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 stick Unsalted Butter room temperature
  • 1 cup medjool dates (10 dates) soft and diced, soften dates by submerging them in water for a few minutes
  • 1 cup Walnuts crushed
  • 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 cup White Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Flavor
  • 1 Egg

Instructions

  • In a bowl, mix together the butter along with both sugars, egg, and vanilla. Use a paddle attachment if using a kitchenaid.
  • Add to this the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Mix together.
  • Add the dates and walnuts; fold it into the batter.
  • Chill the cookie batter for 10-15 minutes in the fridge.
  • Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Scoop uniform cookie balls using a cookie scooper onto the pan leaving space between the cookies to spread when they bake.
  • Bake at 350 F for 13 minutes. The bottom will be lightly browned and the top will be soft. Allow the cookies to cool at room temperature. This will take about 5 minutes. Enjoy warm or room temp. with a cup of milk, coffee, or tea!

Notes

To make Vegan:
Use flax eggs instead of regular eggs.
Use vegan butter instead of regular butter.

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74 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These cookies were super easy to make and were so delish! Perfect for all the left over dates I had from Ramadan.

      1. 5 stars
        This date cookie recipe was delicious! My husband and I really enjoyed it along a glass of milk. I swapped the walnuts for pecans and added mini chocolate chips. It was so flavorful and decadent. I’m not a big fan of sweets, but I do love dates and how versatile they are! Thank you Fufu, this recipe is a keeper!!

        1. 5 stars
          Absolutely love this recipe!! I’ve made it a couple of times and they are delicious!

          I have a stupid question (I am a baking newbie), but would refrigerating The dough for a longer time like 12 hrs affect the texture? Planning on making these for a gathering!!

    1. Delicious! I have tried these with walnuts and pecans, and both are excellent. Soft inside, a little crunch on the outside. Thanks for the great recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    I made your date walnut cookies last week & they were a huge hit. In sha Allah will be making more for Eid Al Adha.

    1. These cookies were the best! It was a very easy recipe, they are so delicious! Would make it again and again ! Date makes everything so good. Thank you for this recipe 😉

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing the recipe of the date and walnut cookies.They were delicious, and easy to make. Also appreciated you answering my question about the recipe so promptly.

  4. 5 stars
    These were amazinngggggg mA! I love anything with dates or walnuts so this was perfect.

    A couple things:
    1. Like the recipe says, softened butter is better. But if it splits in the beginning, keep going (this happened to me and it worked out as you keep mixing).
    2. I didn’t have egg so I subbed with a very ripe banana. Perfect for egg-free diets! It came out more muffin like!
    3. Because I didn’t have egg I added a 1/2 tsp baking powder.

    I’m excited to try again (now that I bought eggs lol). It was popular with little kids and adults too! 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    These are amazing! I added chia and hemp seeds for added nutrition! So good! They were even approved by my picky 12yo!! Will be making these again for sure! There may be a glitch because I can’t post 5 stars! It’s not allowing me more than 3 but these are definitely 5-star delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    These cookies were so easy to make and delicious! The measurements were all perfect to make this a cookie I’ll be making over and over again. Totally recommend this recipe to anyone who loves dates and cookies with a slight crunch!

    1. 5 stars
      Delicious! I have tried these with walnuts and pecans, and both are excellent. Soft inside, a little crunch on the outside. Thanks for the great recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve been craving these since i came across them the other day on your page. I’ve been out of dates and unable to find them for a couple days (I live in a small town). I decided I’d make do today and just use my baking dates and make little balls and gently fold them in. Let me tell you–these were delicious and definitely hit the spot. Also, I’m currently dairy free so I kept the egg but opted for plant butter instead and they were GREAT! Thank you!!

  8. 5 stars
    Delicious! Easy recipe to follow with household ingredients. Used baking dates (package of ajwa) instead of actual dates because that’s what I had on hand and they came out great. Everyone loved them. Perfect balance of sweetness, chewiness and crunch!

    1. I am happy that baking dates worked for this cookie! I never tested with it but often get asked if that would work. Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    Tried the recipe last night, the cookies were delicious. Will defintely bake more of these cookies, they pair nicely with tea/coffee.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  10. 5 stars
    I love these so much. Everyone who tried them loved them! I made them gluten-free. My only problem is that the recipe doesn’t make enough cookies to last more than a day 😭

    1. Hi Muna,
      To make this GF, did you use a specific flour or just an all-purpose 1:1 GF flour? I think it would be helpful to know for those who want to make these gluten-free! Thank you!

  11. 5 stars
    I’m 38 weeks pregnant and constantly finding new ways to eat dates and these were fantastic! I didn’t have vanilla and chose not to add cinnamon (not a fan of cinnamon and dates), and they were really good and easy to throw together!

  12. 5 stars
    These cookies are DELICIOUS! They’ve become a staple in our house. The combination of dates and pecans is so good. Try it out, you will not be disappointed.

  13. 5 stars
    these are our absolute favorite cookies! sweet but not too sweet, super soft, delicious. thank you for sharing this recipe!

  14. Haifa, you are incredible. I was looking for cookies to add to my Ramadan Goodies boxes for my friends and found this. I was hesitant to make it for the first time for my giveaway box, buuuut I knewww anything I make from your recipes turn out PERFECT. You perfect the ingredients and the steps, I follow them to a T and it always turns out just like your pictures. The taste is incredible and perfect for a Ramadan treat. I had to put them in their boxes ASAP because my husband took a taste and was going to devour them! THANK YOU FOR YOUR AMAZING RECIPES!

  15. 5 stars
    These cookies are SO good! I’ve made them a few times and they’re always a hit. The recipe is foolproof and comes out perfect every time. My kids that don’t like walnuts tried these cookies and absolutely loved them!

  16. I absolutely loved these cookies.
    They’re crunchy and sweet and perfectly balanced.
    I accidentally baked them a little too long but the dates kept them nice and soft.
    They don’t spread so I squished them down a little halfway through.

  17. 5 stars
    Salaam Fufu! Ramadan Mubarak! These came out flawlessly and were a perfect addition to our Ramadan gift boxes. Saw your insta post sharing these have made it to first place on Google searches for date walnut cookies and it’s no wonder why! Our family loves your recipes. Thank you for sharing! May Allah bless you and your family!

  18. 5 stars
    I love the subtle sweetness of these cookies. I make a big batch and keep them in my freezer so I’ll always have them on hand when a craving strikes!

  19. 5 stars
    My family enjoyed the date and walnut cookies for Eid. The cookies were a crowd pleaser. I will definitely be making more in the near future.

  20. 5 stars
    These were the best cookies I have ever eaten. My family and friends all loved them. This will be a staple in my house from now on. Not to mention the easy simple recipe. Thanks for this recipe It’s truly a winner.

  21. 5 stars
    This is the first recipe I tried from your website and let me say it was AMAZING!!!! The house smelled so good when making this and my family and I absolutely devoured the cookies!!!! So good!!! Thank you for sharing!

  22. 5 stars
    Perfect–so soft yet sturdy. Used baking dates and added chocolate chips and the texture was next level. Would definitely make again!

  23. 5 stars
    SO easy to make and SO delicious! I made this for my husband and in laws and they were gone within two days. 10/10 thank you for sharing!

  24. 5 stars
    These cookies are delicious! Crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. The walnuts give it a great crunch. Everyone ate these up so fast!

  25. 5 stars
    I substituted Robin Hood All Purpose GF flour for regular flour and the recipe worked out great! The cookies looked as good as they tasted; delicious. Put the tea on!

  26. 5 stars
    The cookie’s texture was truly exceptional – golden and crisp on the outside, yet irresistibly soft and chewy on the inside. I followed the instructions meticulously, and the result was perfection itself. The aroma that filled my kitchen as they baked was enough to drive me wild with anticipation!

  27. 5 stars
    Omg. I just made these as a trial run for when I am hosting on the weekend. I am not a huge fan of dates but these are not overpowered by the dates, they are rich and fancy and delicious and SO easy to make. Exactly as the recipe says. 13 min and done!

  28. 5 stars
    I’ve made these several times, and they’re delicious!! It’s a very easy recipe, and with a 2T cookie scoop, I get about 28 cookies. Only changes I make are a teensy bit more cinnamon, and more dates (about 8 oz.). I highly recommend😊.

  29. 5 stars
    I love these cookies! They are perfect for guests who don’t want too sweet cookies. I used a guava instead of the sugars and it turned out delicious. I would rate these with 5 stars. Quick, easy and tasty!

  30. 5 stars
    I recently went to visit my mom and brought these as she loves dates. They were so delicious and we all loved them. Will definitely be making them again!

  31. 5 stars
    Just made this recipe and the cookies turned out delicious, such an easy recipe..so happy I found this recipe…it will be my go to from now on….thank you so much!1

  32. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe as always, I always know whatever I make from your recipes will be a hit with me and the family. the only problem with this recipe is that it wasn’t enough cookies!! lol I got to remember to double the recipe next time!

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