Sticky Date Cookies

Sticky Date Cookies

Makes 18

I first fell in love with sticky date when I was backpacking around Australia. My travels took me to the Warrambungles (best place name ever!) where we stayed in a holiday park. Apart from the amazing scenery and bushwalking, the highlight was the food, all home cooked by the hostess with the mostest, Liz. I’ll never forget the night she served Sticky Date Pudding for dessert, it was love at first bite.

Ever since then, I’ve been all over anything that’s sticky date. In the years that have followed, not only have I made the pudding numerous times, I’ve also made a Sticky Date Slice,  Sticky Date Cheesecake and now these cookies.

If like me, you like Sticky Date Pudding, then you will  love  these cookies. They literally are sticky date in cookie form. They’re soft, chewy and utterly delicious. They look almost snow kissed when dusted with icing sugar and would make great christmas gifts, especially as they store so well. Get your Christmas on – because sticky date is always great. True story!


140g dates, dried

2 tablespoons golden syrup

2 tablespoons water

1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

finely grated rind of a small orange (optional)

255g plain flour

165g  caster sugar (or raw sugar if using Thermomix)

100g  butter, roughly chopped

1 egg

40g icing sugar

How to – Traditional

  1. Preheat oven to 180C /160C fan-forced. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring dates, syrup and water to the boil. Remove from the heat and add bicarb and orange rind and stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Put the mixture in a food processor and process until almost smooth. Allow to cool.
  4. Add the flour, butter, caster sugar and egg to the processor and blitz again until all the ingredients come together. Cover and place in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  5. Using slightly wet hands, roll heaped tablespoons of mixture into balls and place them about 3cm apart on the oven trays. Using a spoon slightly flatten the cookie balls.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes and cool on trays.
  7. Toss the cookies in icing sugar and serve!

How to – Thermomix

  1. Preheat oven to 180C /160C fan-forced. Line two baking trays with baking paper.
  2. If using raw sugar, weigh into the bowl and mill for 5 seconds on speed 9. Set aside.
  3. Put the dates in  TM bowl and chop for seconds on speed 5. 
  4. Add the syrup and water and  heat for 5 minutes  at  100c on reverse speed 1.
  5. Add  the bicarb and orange rind to  TM bowl and mix for 3 seconds on reverse speed 3. Allow to stand for 5 minutes.
  6. Mix for 20 seconds on speed 5 and allow to cool.
  7. Add flour, caster sugar, butter and egg and mix for 20 seconds on speed 5. Remove mixture from TM bowl, cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes .
  8. Using slightly wet hands, roll heaped tablespoons of mixture into balls and place them about 3cm apart on the oven trays. Using a spoon slightly flatten the cookie balls.
  9. Bake for about 15 minutes and cool on trays.
  10. Toss the cookies in icing sugar and serve!

Other info
Prep and cooking time: 30 minutes (plus 30 minutes refrigeration time)

TIP! Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to four weeks.

Sticky Date Cookies



  • merilyn

    I love sticky date pudding sam! … so i’m sure I would love these hun!
    when I saw them, they reminded me of kipferl! … all dusted and snowy looking! … pretty!
    my partner is Austrian and his mother always baked them and put them in a tin just like that! … lovely tasty morsel memories! … take one back to a place and time!
    i’m wordy this morning!
    read “big magic” it’s inspirational!
    enjoy your day! … love m:)X

    • Oh yes I love kipferl! Do you have lots of Austrian food at home? European food is my best. I’m sure in a past life, I lived in Eastern Europe! LOL! I will definitely check out Big Magic – thanks for the tip! xx

  • I’ve never had sticky date pudding only because I am lactose intolerant, hubbby on the other hand loves it! I will have to surprise him with these before Christmas xxx

    • You know what they say about the way to a man’s heart and all that! I think these would be a most delicious surprise at any time of year!

  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    Holy moly! I need to make these!!!!! Sticky date pud is my fave so I know these will be amazing. Thanks for another fab recipe!

    • They really are so good. I took them to a friend’s for dinner and the peeps were begging me for the recipe!

  • I’d like caramel sauce to dip them. Thanks Sam.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigela

    Hehe Sammie I feel as though you spoke that opening sentence to me! I love sticky date pudding! 😀

  • Sticky date pudding is my mum’s favourite dessert so I am thinking I should make these for her and be forever in her good books 😉

    • She will totally love them and because they’re small and they’re not really a dessert, you don’t feel half as guilty eating them!

  • Can I use honey instead of golden syrup? Not sure I can find it here. Or maybe in Marks and Spars but that would be in Paris… cathy

    • Maybe you can try honey but it might not have such a caramelly flavour. You could try molasses? If not, hold that thought and we’ll make them when you get here!

  • I love that these stay good for 4 weeks. Definitely looks like a great Christmas gift idea. I love a handmade gift (even more if it is edible!)

  • Oh Sam, my mum would go wild over these. I will definitely have to make some for her. Thanks!

  • “The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to four weeks.” Umm how about no!! These would never last that long in this house! We love anything with dates and I know we wouldn’t be able to make them last more than a day or two! Thanks for the recipe Sammie 🙂

  • Oh I want to eat one of these right now!!

  • Jenni from styling curvy

    Took me a few days to read this, I desperately need a cup of tea and a plate if these!! Far out….yum!

  • Sticky date cookies. Yep got my attention. They sound like I need one and all in the food processor……let me at them.

  • kazg77

    If I wrap in cellophane and put in an airtight container do you think they will still last night 4 weeks? Thanks

  • I just had a thought the Nutribullet could process my wet mixture. It’s worth a try.

  • writeofthemiddle

    These look absolutely devine Sammie. Thank you for the recipe! I adore Sticky Date Pudding so I am going to have to cook these up to try. These will come in very handy for all the Christmas festivities too! 🙂 xo

    • They’re the perfect combination of cake and cookie and they look so fabulous – they’d make perfect Christmas gifts! x

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  • The Purple Ladle

    These look amazing what a great Chrissy gift!!

  • Sara

    For traditional, when do you put the flour in? Going blind and can’t see when 😞

    • Well spotted Sara. You’re not going blind, but I nearly am. Add it at stage 4 with the butter – I shall amend the recipe forthwith!

  • I have these in the oven now and they look just as amazing as I had hoped. Call me crazy for baking in this hot weather!! 😀

  • Jess

    I added some chopped walnuts and choc chips… I think I could eat the whole batch myself… 🙂 mmhmmm

    • I love the idea of adding walnuts – I’m totally going to try that next time! I could easily smash the whole batch myself, they’re so good!

  • I love this recipe, consider it printed and on the menu come Friday night when you delicious caramelised apple cake has disappeared. Thank you Sam 😀

  • Mr and Mrs Romance

    Managed to pinch one of these off of Agata the other day. Absolutely delicious! Great recipe, Sammie. Will definitely give these a go! Mrs R will love them. x

    • They are so yummy, aren’t they?! I just made another batch today! I bet they’ll work just as well with gluten free flour. Let me know how you go x

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  • Natalie Kwiez

    Oh!! These are so amazing!!!!!Everyone loved them, thanks xx

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