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Author Notes: This is a very different take on oatmeal cookies. I decided to substitute many of the basics like raisins and walnuts for some of my favorite things like dates and pecans. While I was at it, I added a number of fun flavors to give these oatmeal cookies rich and complex tastes.
- 1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
- 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- dashes cardamom
- 12 tablespoons softened butter
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 tablespoons Nutella
- 3 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup chopped pitted dates
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place racks at next to the lowest and next to the highest positions in the oven.
- Combine dry ingredients - flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and cardamom - in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk to make sure they are well combined.
- In a large bowl, use mixer to combine butter, olive oil, and sugars at a medium speed.
- Add eggs, vanilla and Nutella until thoroughly combined then add flour mixture at a low speed. Mix in oatmeal. Stir in pecans and dates.
- Bake in oven for 10 minutes. Half way through baking process move baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back.
- Remove from oven and let cool.