Fabulous Brown Sugar Drop Cookies With a Date Center

date cookies
Diana Rattray
Ratings (43)
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 36 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
90 Calories
3g Fat
15g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 36 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 25mg 8%
Sodium 174mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 2g
Calcium 24mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is an easy to make brown sugar drop cookie recipe with a delicious date filling. Instead of using butter or margarine, you can substitute a half shortening and half butter mixture in this recipe (about 4 tablespoons of each).


  • For the Date Filling:
  • 1 package/8 ounces dates (cut up)
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup​ ​sugar (granulated)
  • For the Cookie Batter:
  • 1/2 cup/4 ounces butter or margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups/9 ounces flour (all-purpose)
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Steps to Make It

  1. Bring dates, water, and granulated sugar to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring frequently, until dates are thickened, about 5 to 7 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  2. Heat the oven to 350 F.

  3. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy; stir in the egg, water, and vanilla.

  4. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir or whisk to blend.

  5. Stir the flour mixture into the creamed mixture until blended.

  6. Drop the cookie dough by teaspoonfuls onto a lightly greased or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.

  7. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of the date mixture on the top of each cookie, then place a small dab of cookie dough on top of the date mixture.

  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes.