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Yummy Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

These soft, homemade chocolate chip cookies are cookie jar material. Loaded with dates, granola and coconut, they will keep a long time!

Loaded Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Manservant is not one to turn down dessert, especially when it comes to homemade chocolate chip cookies.

For Father’s Day I asked him if he wanted fudge pie or cookies and these are what he chose!

Loaded with dates, coconut, granola and of course, nuts and chocolate chips, these soft cookies kept their soft texture for over a week and then they disappeared. Imagine that!

These are a change from the traditional chocolate chip cookie, and one I think most of you will enjoy.

You won’t know the dates are in there, but they help to keep the cookie soft and moist.

Some might think they are cowboy cookies, but no oatmeal in these except in the form of granola. You might think that would make these cookies crunchier but I think it merely serves to add flavor and to let the cookie hold its satisfying shape.

Make sure to choose a granola you like the flavor of, because it does come through after baking. Preferably choose a granola without almonds or nuts because there are nuts in this cookie, too. 

I did mention that, didn’t I? Chock full of toasted walnuts or pecans if you prefer, these cookies have a lot going for them.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

Besides being totally decadent and full of chocolate, this easy chocolate chip cookie recipe also contains 2 tablespoons of vanilla. No. That’s not a mistake.

You might want to have some savings set aside before you make this opulent, but tasty cookie.

This is another Paul Prudhomme recipe. Today would have been his 8oth birthday, so I figured this was a good time to post this amazing cookie jar cookie. Thanks Paul! Your food just keeps on giving!

I’ll be honest. There is not a cookie I really don’t like, and I do love this chocolate chip cookie. However for an outstanding chewy and totally amazing chocolate chip cookie with just chocolate, I still resort to this recipe.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

However Paul’s cookies last longer in the cookie jar and I’m guessing contain a lot more fiber! I’m always looking for that in a cookie, aren’t you?

In either case, Manservant is always happy to have homemade chocolate chip cookies in the cookie jar and these small but mighty, loaded cookies sure did make him happy.

What about you?

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Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies (Loaded)

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 dozen 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


These loaded chocolate chip cookies are perfect for the cookie jar!


Units Scale

1/4 lb softened butter (1 stick or 8 T)

3/4 c packed brown sugar

1 egg

2 Tablespoons vanilla extract

3/4 c coarsely chopped pitted dates

1 c all purpose flour

1/2 t baking soda

3/4 t coarse salt

1/4 t baking powder

1/2 c shredded coconut (Mine wasn’t sweetened but that should work also.)

1/2 c granola (See note above)

3/4 c coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted or not

1 3/4 c chocolate chips (I used large bittersweet chips, but feel free to use your faves.)


Preheat oven to 350.

In a stand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the vanilla and egg and beat well.

Stir in the dates and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, to soften the dates.

Then beat at high speed for three minutes or until light brown and creamy.

Combine flour, salt, baking soda and powder in a large measuring cup. Stir with a fork and add to mixing bowl.

Blend into creamed mixture.

Stir in coconut, nuts and chocolate chips.

Drop by tablespoons onto parchment  or a lightly greased baking sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart.

Bake in a 350 degree oven until lightly browned, about 10-15 minutes.

Remove from cookie sheet and let cool on a rack before storing.

These will keep at least a week if you don’t eat them all!


Choose a granola without nuts if you can. Also make sure you like the flavor of the granola!

No granola? I believe oats will suffice though I haven’t tried them!



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Amy (Savory Moments)

Tuesday 14th of July 2020

These cookies look super! I love how full they are of goodies and chocolate.


Tuesday 14th of July 2020

I made sure to have the chocolate chip cookie ingredients for the classic version. While this sounds great, I don't have coconut or granola so I'll have to settle for less. They do sound delicious.

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Tuesday 14th of July 2020

Right on, Abbe! I haven't met a cookie I didn't like! My fave sweet treat and yours look delicious. Love them, chock full of all those goodies! Now I will have to try this and include granola, sounds pretty amazing! Thanks for the recipe, take care.

David @ Spiced

Tuesday 14th of July 2020

I'm with ya, Abbe - I don't think I've met too many cookies I didn't like. Sure, I like some more than others, but I like all cookies. And one of the things I like the most when it comes to cookies? Add-ins. Nuts, chocolate chips, pretzels. You name it. I like it. I'm intrigued by the granola in this recipe. It sounds awesome! I can see why your husband chose these cookies now!


Tuesday 14th of July 2020

Dates always remind me of my mom and she and I would BOTH adore these cookies!!