Casserole Cookies (Healthy or Holiday Indulgent!)
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This easy, snackable recipe is adapted from a recipe shared by Joyce on
Serves: 32 cookies
  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF and grease a 9x9-inch casserole dish.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with an electric mixer. Beat in the sugar and extracts. Stir in the dates, coconut, and walnuts. Spoon the mixture into your prepared casserole dish.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes. Stir and bake for 15 more minutes.
  4. Immediately stir well with a wooden or silicone spoon to break it up and combine.
  5. Let cool for just 5 minutes. While still warm, form the mixture into 1-inch balls.
Optional Garnish
  1. You can roll the balls in more shredded coconut (sweetened for stickier), sugar, powdered sugar, or ground nuts. I recommend doing this while the cookies are still warm, but powdered sugar still clings nicely, even after they've cooled.
Date Note: I use Medjool Dates because they are easy and affordable at Trader Joe's and work well in recipes. You can swap in another type of dates, but do not use pre-chopped dates, they're too dry.
Coconut Note: For a healthier, snack-worthy version, I use unsweetened shredded coconut. But for a straight-up dessert and stickier, more cohesive dough, you can use sweetened shredded coconut. Using regular sugar rather than coconut sugar will also yield a slightly sweeter, moister cookie.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at