My grandmother's favorite cookies at Christmas time were Date Filled Oatmeal Cookies. No wonder, they were delicious. Unfortunately, we lost the recipe years ago, and I've been trying to find one online.
I've tried several variations, and this is the one that worked the best for me. However, I adapted it to substitute one of my favorite holiday flavors: Mincemeat.
So, below, find the recipe for my version, but I'll also give the date filling ingredients in case you prefer that.
Date or Mincemeat Filled Cookies
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. shortening
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 c. oatmeal
One jar prepared mincemeat
1 c. sugar
1 c. water
1 lb. dates, chopped
A little lemon juice
Mix the brown sugar, shortening and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, mix until it is all blended together. Add flour, cinnamon, soda, baking powder, salt, mix completely. Lastly, add in the oatmeal. Mix completely, and then chill in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.
If you are going to use the date filling, add all the ingredients to a saucepan and cook until thickened. Let cool.
Roll out the cookie dough on floured board. With round cutter, cut out 2 1/2 inch circles. Put half of the cookies on cookie sheet. Place about 3/4 teaspoon of either mincemeat or date filling on top of a cookie round. Top with another cookie round. Bake in 350 degree oven until lightly browned, 10-15 minutes.