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Vegan Date Jam Cookies

These vegan date jam cookies are a sweet and chewy treat that are perfect for any occasion. They feature a buttery and crumbly cookie base filled with a luscious and tangy date jam, creating a delightful blend of flavors and textures.

Vegan Date Jam Cookies

Course: Vegan dessertsCuisine: ContinentalDifficulty: Easy


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  • For the Date Jam
  • 1 cup pitted dates, roughly chopped

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • For the Cookie Dough
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • For the Date Jam
  • In a small saucepan, combine the chopped dates, water, lemon juice, and ground cinnamon.
  • Cook the date mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the dates have broken down and the mixture has thickened and become jam-like in consistency, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove the date jam from heat and let it cool to room temperature.
  • For the Cookie Dough
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the vegan butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing until a dough forms.
  • Flatten the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and chill it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • Assembly
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • On a floured surface, roll out the chilled cookie dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch.
  • Use a 2-inch cookie cutter or cup to cut out 24 circles of dough, and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Use a small spoon or piping bag to add a dollop of date jam to the center of each cookie.
  • Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
  • Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • Let the date jam cool completely before adding it to the cookie dough to prevent the cookies from spreading too much during baking.
  • Dust the cookie cutter or cup with flour before cutting out the dough to prevent sticking.

How to Store and Freeze

  • Store the vegan date jam cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • For longer storage, wrap the cookies tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze for up to 2 months.

Complete Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

24 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories102
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 4g 7%
    • Saturated Fat 1g 5%
  • Sodium 64mg 3%
  • Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
    • Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    • Sugars 10g
  • Protein 1g 2%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

    Alterations and Modifications


    • Vegan Date and Walnut Cookies: Add 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts to the cookie dough for a nutty twist.
    • Vegan Date and Orange Cookies: Add 1 tablespoon of orange zest to the cookie dough for a citrusy flavor.
    • Vegan Date and Chocolate Cookies: Stir in 1/2 cup of vegan chocolate chips to the cookie dough for a chocolatey treat.

    Ingredient Substitutions

    • Use coconut sugar instead of granulated sugar for a lower glycemic option.
    • Substitute spelt flour or almond flour for half of the all-purpose flour for a nuttier flavor.
    • Use a different type of vegan butter, such as coconut oil or margarine, for a different flavor and texture.

    Adjusting Sweetness

    • Increase or decrease the amount of sugar in the cookie dough to your taste preference.
    • Use medjool dates instead of regular dates for a naturally sweeter date jam.

    Cooking Methods

    • Roll Method: Roll the cookie dough into small balls and use your thumb or the back of a spoon to create a well in the center for the date jam.
    • No-Chill Method: Skip chilling the cookie dough and bake the cookies immediately after cutting them out to fasten the process. However, this might result in the cookies not holding their shape.


    • Freeze leftover cookies in an airtight container for up to 2 months.
    • Store leftover cookies in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and bring them to room temperature before serving.
    • Use leftover date jam as a spread for toast, bagels, or crackers.
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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Q: Can I use a different type of jam or fruit filling?

    A: Yes, you can use any type of vegan jam or fruit filling you like, such as raspberry or apricot jam.

    Q: Can I make the cookie dough without a stand mixer?

    A: Yes, you can mix the dough by hand using a wooden spoon or spatula instead of a stand mixer.

    Q: Can I freeze the cookie dough instead of chilling it?

    A: Yes, you can freeze the cookie dough for up to 2 months and thaw it in the refrigerator before using.

    Q: Can I make these cookies without the date jam filling?

    A: Yes, you can omit the date jam filling and bake the cookies plain or add a different type of filling, such as peanut butter or vegan Nutella.

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