Date and Walnut Cookies

Today, I would like to share my mother’s recipe for date and walnut cookies. She often substitutes cashew nuts for the walnuts when we run out of walnuts.

I also wanted to mention a start-up that came to my attention recently and thought it might be of interest to those planning travels around Asia. Withlocals.comย is a venture, currently covering 7 countries including Sri Lanka, initiated by a group of self-labelled ‘digital geeks with a combined passion for travelling, food and people.’ The interesting part of their services is ‘Eat with locals,’ where local hosts register to offer home-cooked meals. I might take up the offer of Martin (a staff at to try one of the eating experiences listed, next time a non-Sri Lankan friend visits me, provided the host is willing to share one of the recipes on this blog.

In the meantime, do enjoy these delicious date and nut cookies! ๐Ÿ™‚
Date and Walnut cookies

Date and Walnut Cookies

  • Servings: 40
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • Dates โ€“ ยผ cup, chopped
  • Walnut or cashew nut โ€“ ยผ cup, chopped
  • Roasted gram/ Pottu kadalai flour โ€“ ย ยผ cup
  • All-purpose flour -1 cup
  • Baking powder โ€“ 1 tsp
  • Oats โ€“ ยผ cup
  • Sugar โ€“ 2 tbsp
  • Cinnamon powder โ€“ pinch
  • Rose water โ€“ 1 tsp
  • Margarine โ€“ ยผ cup


  1. Mix all the ingredients. Add a little water if the mixture is too dry.
  2. Place the cookie dough on a lightly greased tray tablespoon at a time leaving an inch of space between them.
  3. Bake for about 20 mins at 170โฐC/338โฐF.
  4. Store in an air-tight container.

Recipe source: Raji Thillainathan

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