I came across this recipe when browsing through Food Network’s website during the height of the Christmas cookie baking season. But this is a no-bake cookie made with alternative ingredients to make it less guilt-inducing. I had never made a cookie like this before and it seemed right up my alley so I bookmarked the recipe, bought the ingredients, and about 3 weeks later found the time to actually make them! It helped tremendously that my granddaughter, Phoebe, was on hand to assist. It was nice of the ingredients to wait patiently until I was ready. The results were so good that I promptly made a second batch to share.
No Bake Chewy Date Cookies
1 cup dried pitted dates, about 4 ounces, chopped
1 cup water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey or agave syrup
2 tablespoons natural chunky peanut butter (or creamy if preferred)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoons unsalted butter
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
8 full sheets whole wheat graham crackers, finely crushed, about 1 ¼ cups
½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
For coating (about ½ cup of each, optional): unsweetened coconut flakes, crushed graham crackers, finely chopped peanuts, granola
Combine the dates, water, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Simmer over medium heat, breaking up any large pieces of dates with a spoon, until the mixture resembles a thick paste, 15 to 20 minutes.
Stir in the honey, peanut butter, cocoa powder, butter and salt until evenly combined.
Stir in graham crackers and oats. Remove from heat.
Refrigerate until just chilled and set, about 20 minutes.
Put desired toppings in small bowls.
Cover and refrigerate until firm.
Serve chilled and store extras in refrigerator.
What I like about this recipe:
- Easy to measure ingredients.
- No bake, just chill.
- Fun to make with kids.
- Makes a great gift.
- Healthy alternative to a “regular” cookie.