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Brown Butter Oatmeal Date Cookies with Maple Glaze

Brown Butter Oatmeal Date Cookies with Maple Glaze are full of sweet, chewy, nutty flavor! - Bake or Break

Brown Butter Oatmeal Date Cookies with Maple Glaze are filled with so much amazing flavor. These aren’t your ordinary oatmeal cookies!

I’m probably the only food blogger in existence who doesn’t like pumpkin. I know it has amazing popularity, but it’s just not my thing. Other than one quick bread (that I like a surprising amount), you’ll not find much of it around here.

But there are fall flavors a-plenty to be enjoyed! And I managed to put about 82% of them in these Brown Butter Oatmeal Date Cookies with Maple Glaze. Of course, I’ll take these flavors any time of year, but there’s something about fall that makes me want to break out all of my favorite comforting baking flavors and enjoy them to their fullest. And that’s just what these cookies are all about.

Brown Butter Oatmeal Date Cookies with Maple Glaze

With that sweet maple glaze topping off these cookies, the sweetness of the cookies is dialed back a bit so that you’re not overwhelmed with sweet flavor when you bite into them. If you’re opting to make these without the glaze, just keep in mind that they’re a little less sweet than normal. But, seriously. You’re not going to want to skip that glaze!

There’s a whole lot of flavor going on in these cookies. The nutty brown butter flavor, the chewy oats, the sweet dates. And then they’re topped off with a simple, tasty maple glaze. With all of that flavor, I like to make these cookies on the small side – only a tablespoonful of dough for each. That makes for great little 2-bite cookies that have enough taste to seem like a bigger cookie.

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Brown Butter Oatmeal Date Cookies with Maple Glaze

Yield about 48 cookies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes

Brown Butter Oatmeal Date Cookies with Maple Glaze are full of sweet, chewy, nutty flavor!

Brown Butter Oatmeal Date Cookies with Maple Glaze are full of sweet, chewy, nutty flavor! - Bake or Break


For the cookies:

  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter
  • 1 & 1/4 (150g) cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups (270g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (149g) chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup (90g) chopped nuts, such as pecans, walnuts, or hazelnuts

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup (110g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons milk


To make the cookies:

  1. Place the butter in a medium saucepan or skillet. Cook over medium heat until the butter melts and begins to foam.
  2. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until brown specks begin to form at the bottom of the pan and the butter has a nutty aroma. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature. If desired, strain the butter to remove some or all of the browned bits.
  3. Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the oats. Set aside.
  4. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cooled butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla until thoroughly combined. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Stir in the dates and nuts. Refrigerate the dough for 20 to 30 minutes, or until it is firm enough for scooping.
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  6. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared pans. Bake 12 to 16 minutes, or until the edges are browned and the centers appear set.
  7. Cool the cookies on the pan for 5 minutes. Then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the glaze:

  1. Combine the confectioners’ sugar and maple syrup in a small bowl. Add 2 teaspoons of milk, and combine until smooth. Add additional milk if needed to attain the desired consistency.
  2. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cookies. Allow the glaze to set for about 20 minutes before serving.

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This recipe was originally developed for Clabber Girl, where I am a paid contributor.

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    11 Comments on “Brown Butter Oatmeal Date Cookies with Maple Glaze”

  1. This looks like an old Gourmet recipe we love! I like the browned butter and glaze and will try that!!

  2. Nope, you are not alone girl, I don’t like pumpkin either! These however, these I can certainly get behind! 🙂 Love that brown butter and the maple glaze!

  3. One of my hugest complaints on food blogger sites is that there are no constructive reviews. Mostly people just say, this looks good, I will make this, etc. I subscribe to MANY food blogger recipe posts, and if you read the comments they are always nice and can’t wait to try, but hardly ever, I made this and….. is an exception. However, I am really not trying to vent here…just making an observation. Well, I DID make these…..and they are WORTH the work….I think I suck at browning butter…it smelled nutty to me…but didn’t see brown bits..and think I STOPPED too early…but….STILL delicious and STILL maybe one of my new go to cookie recipes now. I found the dough annoying to work with as it was slightly crumbly and thinking maybe if I use the quick instead of the old fashioned oatmeal maybe it would not be so crumbly…but they baked up just fine. I used my small scoop and my larger scoop…and either is fine, but the small ones are just adorable and so easy to POP into my mouth. LOVE, LOVE LOVE THESE. One more thing. Just got your new cookbook and how pathetic is it that I have almost every recipe tagged with a flag….to make…and some I added a star to…my way of saying…make ASAP. Pretty ridiculous and pretty glad I made that purchase…..Thank you.

    • I’m so glad you liked the cookies, Karen! Browning butter takes a bit of practice, but you’ll get the hang of it. And I’m so excited to hear that you’re finding lots of recipes to try in my book! Thanks so much for getting a copy of it. I hope you enjoy it!

    • OMG!! U r SO right!!!!!! Thank u, because of ur comments I’m going to try these!!!

  4. Can I use raisins in place of dates???

  5. I was curious about your recipe at the other website. Couldn’t find it.
    Also does it matter if I use quick cook oats in place of old fashioned?

  6. Awesome cookie! I had some dates I was wanting to use so I gave it a try. As the baker above asked about using quick oats, it totally works and my cookie didn’t spread or get flat. I would agree with being less chewy, just add more of that delicious maple glaze on top. If I had to describe the taste of the cookie, I would say it’s a cross between an oatmeal and pecan sandie. I love how the true sweetness comes from the glaze so you can adjust to your own taste. Add more or less on top. If your trying to slip dates to someone who wouldn’t touch them with a ten foot pole, this is the recipe. Great for the fall. Thanks for the share.

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