Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins, Dates and Walnuts

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My daughter told me about this recipe when Chauncey mentioned that he wanted some oatmeal raisin cookies. What could be better, oatmeal, raisins, dates, honey and walnuts! We added 1 cup of white whole wheat flour for part of the flour, just to make them a little healthier. Chauncey made these cookies up and he loves them! The recipe came from Epicurious.

Oatmeal Cookies with Raisins, Dates and Walnuts

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 cup solid vegetable shortening, room temperature

1 cup sugar

1 cup (packed) dark brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

3 cups old-fashioned oats

1 cup raisins

1 cup chopped pitted dates

1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl whisk the first 5 ingredients. Using electric mixer, beat butter, vegetable shortening, and both sugars in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in honey, eggs, and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats, raisins, dates, and walnuts. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls onto prepared sheets, spacing mounds 2 inches apart. Flatten cookies slightly.

Bake cookies until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool completely on sheets. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.)

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