chocolate chunk date and walnut cookies

Chocolate chip walnut cookies are a classic combination. There are a million different ways to make them, while experimenting with mix-ins and flavor varieties. Date and walnut cookies are another classic cookie. Combine the two classics, and you have yourself a luscious new treat.

Dates are actually an ingredient that can be used to make vegan caramel, the reason being that they caramelize when cooked. While these chocolate chunk date and walnut cookies are not vegan, the dates do caramelize when the cookies bake. The result in an elevated caramel-like version of your classic chocolate chip cookie or date and walnut cookie in an easy and delicious recipe.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup walnuts, chopped 
  • ¾ cup chocolate chunks
  • ¾ cup dates, pitted and chopped


In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Meanwhile, cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the vanilla extract and water and mix. Add in the eggs one at a time until both are evenly incorporated. Slowly add in the dry ingredients until the dough forms, being careful not to overwork the dough, then mix in the walnuts, chocolate chunks, and dates. 

Using a 2-inch scoop, spoon out the cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat, 2 inches apart. Bake for 13 minutes until the edges are golden.

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