Chewy Chocolate Cookies

chewy Chocolate Cookies

My first pregnancy was fairly standard. I was sick for the first trimester, on top of the world for the second and getting tired in the third. The birth was, well, everything I could have hoped for. Isn’t that exactly how it is meant to be?

With my second pregnancy I was constantly sick, day in and day out. That was ok; I had desperately awaited this pregnancy and was not going to complain. This birth was a deal more, what is the word? Intense, than my first. But I held my healthy bub and all was well.

Establishing breast feeding was a little tricky with both but we got there and continued on smoothly. Why am I telling you all of this? Because many of my friends have recently entered Motherhood, or they are soon to be bringing another baby into their family. This has raised the question, would we like a third child? I am ok with another pregnancy, I could even do IVF again, and while the birth itself does scare me; I could do it. Breast feeding and I are not great friends but I’d be ok with that too. What frightens me the most is the sleep deprivation! We do not have family around, it is my husband, who works long days, and I. Our families are a state away.

When my kids were born they were the sweetest little things, they smelt divine, they curled up on my chest, grasped my finger and made my heart melt. But they did not sleep. Apparently some do, from day one I have heard, not mine. The fatigue is hard! I remember days of being happy one minute and crying the next; rocking a baby at midnight thinking I cannot possibly survive another 24 hours, and everyone snapping simply because everyone needed sleep! Thankfully I didn’t have it half as bad as some Mothers. Firstly, I had spent years living with insomnia and had adjusted quite nicely to functioning on little sleep. Furthermore my kids weren’t in the ‘we need sleep school’ category, they were in the ‘normal but not great’ group. During this time, one of my greatest sources of energy, strength and happiness was cookies. Cookies I could make mindlessly with a baby in my arms; cookies I could over indulge in without feeling too guilty. Cookies I was happy for my oldest daughter to eat daily, cookies I could grab at 4am or 11pm and feel fine about. Most importantly, cookies I thoroughly enjoyed!

I love chewy cookies! I also like them to be rich, dense and full of flavour. Our Chewy Chocolate Cookies tick all of my boxes and make my family and friends very happy. If you are a sleep deprived mum, if you know a sleep deprived mum, or if you are soon to be sleep deprived mum, I strongly suggest you get onto these. May they help you as they have helped me.

Chewy Chocolate Cookiesย 

  • 1 cup macadamias
  • 1 cup medjool dates, seeds removed
  • 1 tablespoon cacao or cocoa
  1. Preheat oven to 180ยฐC or 350ยฐF. Line an oven tray with baking paper.
  2. Place the ingredients into you food processor and blend at high speed until the mixture is well combined and sticking together.
  3. Roll the mixture into small balls, place on the oven tray and flatten slightly.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely prior to touching.
  5. Eat and enjoy.

Photo credit – Rose Hewartson Photography

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Chewy Chocolate Cookies
3.5 Based on 40 Review(s)
  • Caitlin

    They’re in the oven cooking right now! Also whipped up your apricot bites for the first time today, and we all loved them. I have a meeting at my house tonight, so I’m looking forward to seeing what people think of the apricot bites and these biscuits. I love that I can offer people healthy treats, so thanks again for another awesome recipe!

    • bianca

      Thank you Caitlin! It sounds like you have had a great day, I hope your treats are well received tonight. Enjoy, Bianca

  • Oh my – they look so easy! I can’t wait to try them!

    • bianca

      Thank you Robyn, I look forward to hearing what you think. Enjoy, Bianca

  • Oh wow! Now this looks too easy, can’t wait to try! (All your recipes look fab- and I always cook with your ingredients, so very much looking forward to trying)
    I know what you mean needing that snack at 3am, when you’ve been up pretty much 24 hours with a newborn! You feel you deserve it! I wish I was onto these healthy options instead of the naughty brownies I used to eat….anyway that was the old me!

    • bianca

      Let me know how you go Danielle, I hope you enjoy them. Many thanks, Bianca

      • They were so good! Thank you so much. I am going to try a few more recipes!!

  • My eldest never slept. Sleep deprivation is so hard! Going to try this recipe out! Thank you!

    • bianca

      Hi Vanessa, I hope you are getting sleep now! Thankfully it does pass. I would love to hear how you go with the cookies. Enjoy, Bianca

  • Mary

    Can u substitute for another nut? Like

    • bianca

      Hi Mary, it will not be quite the same and as other nuts do not produce the same amount of oil it will be harder to blend, however it is certainly worth giving a shot and it will still taste delicious I imagine. Be sure to let me know how you go. Many thanks, Bianca

      • Juj

        I tried these with cashews as I only had a few macadamias at home. They turned out well. Unfortunately, I left them in the oven for a few minutes longer than necessary and they are a bit dark.. but still tasty. I will try them with macadamias when I restock. (Wish nuts and dates weren’t so expensive!)

        • bianca

          I wish that too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Maria

    I wouldn’t even cook these. Great raw and all of the enzymes and nutrients are retained as they haven’t been exposed to high heat. Easy peasy.

    • Cรฉline

      Well, I did try them before baking them and I think they taste even better before going into the oven. Have you tried them uncooked and did they keep their shape? Thank you.

      • bianca

        Hi Celine, check out our raw chocolate fudge recipe ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • Rebecca

    I made these last night…ah mazing! Only problem is stopping from eating them all in one go!

    • bianca

      Thank you Rebecca, I am rapt that you are enjoying them!!! I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment. Enjoy, Bianca

  • joanna

    these remind me exactly of raw brownies except in cookie shape!!

  • Melissa

    Yum! My first time using dates and will definitely try some more of your recipes with them.

    • bianca

      I am pleased you liked them Melissa, thank you for taking the time to write. Be sure to let me know how you go with the other recipes. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Heather

    Do you need to chop the nuts or the dates? The cookies look so smooth! Can I put the ingredients in my stand up mixer? Or is it better by hand?

    • bianca

      Hi Heather, I simply add the ingredients to a high speed blender or food processor and pulse until smooth, you may need to push the mixture back onto the blades several times depending on what appliance you are using. I hope this helps. Bianca

      • subrosa

        I wasn’t sure if the “blend” instruction actually meant in a blender or just mixing with a spoon. Thanks for clarifying.

  • Wendy

    Hi there. Thank you for sharing these recipes. I am calorie counting at the moment; have you got any tips on the easiest way to get an approximate calorie count of your recipes?

    • bianca

      Hi Wendy, I am sorry I am not much help, calorie counting is something I know very little about. I hope you enjoy the recipes. Bianca

    • Roheryn

      Use the smart phone app called myfitnesspal (all one word). You can put recipes into it and it will work out the calories for you. I love it!

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  • Sara

    I made these the other night with great hopes of having them ready for a not so naughty afternoon pick-me-up during the week. Once my family smelt them coming out of the oven, they didn’t stand a chance. What really amazed me was my nieces response (who is terribly fussy with new things), saying they were the best chocolate cookies ever! Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Sara, it is lovely getting such positive feedback, I really appreciate you taking the time to write. You will have to make a double batch and hide some away for yourself next time. Be sure to let me know how you go with any of the other recipes. Enjoy, Bianca

  • Liss

    I made these yesterday, so simple but so delicious! Thank you!

    • bianca

      Thank you Lisa, it is lovely of you to write!! I really appreciate it and I am very pleased that you enjoyed the cookies. Thanks again, Bianca

  • Emma Barnatt

    These are so yummy. I also made your two ingredient fudge too today, trying desperately to try and not eat it all in one sitting. Thank you for the lovely recipes.

    • bianca

      Thank you Emma, I really appreciate you taking the time to write, your feedback means a lot to me and I am delighted that you are enjoying the recipes! Be sure to let me know if you get a chance to try anymore. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Skye

    We tried your cookies today – delicious!! I was worried about over cooking them so they are quite soft (but still super yummy!). I will try again and pop them on the bottom row of the oven. Thanks for the recipe.

    • bianca

      Thank you Skye, I am glad you like them. I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Bindi

    I just made these and they are great! Thank you Bianca, you have saved me from my sugar addiction! No more buying lollies and chocolate for me!

    • bianca

      Thank you Bindi, I am glad you like them. Bianca

  • Karyn

    These look sooooo good! I’m not a fan on macadamias thou, do you think cashews would be a good substitute?

    • Karyn

      So sorry, I’ve just read all the previous comments & found my answer! Thanks for sharing all your awesome recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

      • bianca

        Thank you Karyn, I hope you enjoy the cookies, be sure to let me know. Bianca

        • Karyn

          Delish! Cashews worked great ๐Ÿ™‚ A wee bit oily so I added some chia seeds to soak it up, help them bind & boost the omega 3 content. I also made your nut free version for my son to take to school… heaps oilier again so I threw in some puffed quinoa & let it sit for a bit to soak in before baking. Super yummy!
          So grateful for all your hard work & your generosity in sharing. Cheers!

  • Mama Jacq

    Mmmm yummy ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing.
    I’ve been following your posts… looking forward to trying more and more yummy sweet things.
    I’m a sweets before dinner kinda person…. I made these babys before I made our shepherds pie inspired dinner tonight.

    Oh, did I mention, YUMMMMMMMY! Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚

    • bianca

      Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed, your message made me smile. I appreciate you taking the time to write. Bianca

  • Kelly

    I have made these before and they are big hit. Today I tried making them with tahini instead of the nuts. They turned out very differently and i not sure where i went wrong :(. Are we meant to use a whole cup of tahini in substitute of the nuts?
    Thanks for these great recipies. They are helping keep my family away from packet eating. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • bianca

      Hi Kelly, yes I do use a whole cup. Perhaps try and use the thicker tahini as opposed to the more oil part at the top. Another option is to use sunflower seeds. I hope this helps, Bianca

  • Susie

    These are sooooo good! Thanks so much for the recipe. I have made them several times since you posted it and have been sharing it around. I love that I can have a chocolate craving, whip these up in my Thermomix in a matter of minutes, and then ten minutes later they are cooling. Fabulous!

    • bianca

      Thank you Susie, I really appreciate you taking the time to write. I am rapt that you like them!! Many thanks, Bianca

  • Katie McGrath

    I made these for dessert on Tuesday night and they are delicious. I shared them with my family and they were eaten so fast, I had to make another batch last night. So easy to whip up!

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Katie, it is lovely of you to write. I am glad they have been well received. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Rachael

    These were so easy and so fast and so nice. My 7yr old son liked them, kept asking for more. My 13 month old also liked them. I will be trying the nut-free version for school lunches. Thank you.

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Rachael, it is lovely of you to write! I am glad you have all enjoyed them. Be sure to let me know how you go with the nut free version. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Jodey

    Had a chocolate craving, so just made these! Quick, easy and totally hit the right spot! Now I just have to try stop myself from eating all of them at once!

    • bianca

      Thank you Jodey, I really appreciate you writing in. I am glad you enjoyed them. Bianca

  • beth

    oven is pre heating now so i can bake these puppies! i aded some raw cacao nibs to mine and cha seeds as i only had cashews and they were a tad more oily then im assuming macadamia nuts would be.

    • bianca

      Hi Beth, these cookies are oily before being cooked and also when you take them out of the oven, however when the mixture cools it does all set. I hope you liked them. Bianca

  • Laura

    Just discovered this website, having so much fun browsing!
    Tried the cookies today, had some mint leaves from the garden that needed using so I chucked them in too = choc mint cookies. YUM!
    My 16 month couldn’t even wait before they were cooked – just got stuck into the mixture.
    Only issue is my blender didn’t cope well with it so they were a bit coarser than the ones pictured… think I will have to invest in a processor.

    • bianca

      Thanks for writing Laura, I am glad you are enjoying the site. Top job getting the cookies made, the choc mint sounds divine!! Be sure to let me know what you try next. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Lind

    These were fab and I can’t wait to make them again. Was thinking of adding some ground ginger to them and making them like a ginger nut snap ๐Ÿ™‚
    Look forward to trying more of your recipes ๐Ÿ˜€

    • bianca

      Yes Lind, this is perfect, I have had another person write in and say they do this! I love ginger! Enjoy! Bianca

  • Kirsti

    How did I not know about you till now?!?! Loving these cookies and the fudge is in the freezer for after school. Thank you. Can’t wait to try some more soon.

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Kirsti, I am glad you have found us and I hope you enjoy the recipes, be sure to let me know how you go! Many thanks, Bianca

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  • Tiffany

    I have just found your website as we embark on a processed sugar-free journey and I am loving your recipes…thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚ I just wanted to say that I did not sleep for more than a couple if hours in a row for 4 years – 1st and 2nd child – and then our 3rd arrived and it took us until he was 9 weeks old to finally accept that somehow our genetic combination had produced a sleeper! So you never know ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • bianca

      I am very happy for you!!! A baby and sleep, that would be wonderful!! I think three little ones sounds fabulous, I hope it is all going really well for you. Bianca. xxx

      • Tiffany

        That 3rd little one is 3 years old now and we have a 4th who is 16 months old and also sleeps! When I say sleeps we didn’t have any full nights until 1’ish but that was bliss by comparison to our first 2 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • tracey

    Thses cookies are absolutely delicious! Thank you!

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Tracey, it is lovely of you to write. I am glad you have enjoyed them. Bianca

  • Marianne

    I have just made a batch of these in my Thermomix and whacked them in the oven! Cannot wait to taste them!!

    • bianca

      Thank you . I hope you enjoy them. Bianca

  • Angela

    I love these cookies. I made them a couple months back when I discovered the recipe on another blog, but your story has inspired me as all three of my bubs havent been great sleepers. my third, now 7.5months, suprised me sleeping like a dream (6-9hour stretches) from early on but at 5months that all went out the window and she now sleeps up to 2hours at a time through the night. exhausted doesnt even begin to describe how I feel these days, but I’ve seemed to been able to adapt to sleep deprivation over the years.
    Your recipes are amazing and so simple. I love healthy wholefoods but must admit I lack in creativity :-P. so thank you so very much for sharing. much appreciated x

    • bianca

      Thank you Angela, I do not know how you do it!!! It is very hard when you are not getting sleep. I hope you have plenty of help, love and support and that things turn around for you soon. Thank you for writing. Bianca

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  • Nicole

    Your kids sound like mine! Both my boys didn’t sleep, right from the beginning… and that is one of the BIG reasons we’ve decided not to have more kids! I don’t think I could survive it! (Though my womb still aches for more!). These cookies look delish- Thanks!

    • bianca

      Thank you Nicole, I am glad you like the cookies. Yes I would love one more precious baby but I do not think my husband or myself could go back to the sleepless nights, how we survive it is beyond me! Enjoy, Bianca. xx

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  • Trin

    well its 3.45am and i wish i could say i was sleep deprived due to children but sadly no its more the middle age sleep deprivation. i cant wait for the sun to rise to get into the kitchen an start cooking. My sister and i are going to Tasmania for a much needed holiday and will be taking a batch of cookies and your yummy caramel jerseys. Thanks for sharing your wonderful stories and recipes. Trin

    • bianca

      Thank you so much!! If it is any consolation I am all to familiar with 3:45am while the rest of the house sleeps peacefully. I hope you enjoy beautiful Tasmania. Thanks again for writing, Bianca

  • Rach

    Wow these tasted amazing! I made some for my Step Dad who has a sweet tooth, he loved these & had no idea there was no added sugar, flour or butter ๐Ÿ˜‰ love your recipes!!

    • bianca

      Fabulous Rach, thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to write! Bianca

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  • Rachel

    These are fabulous! I never would have thought that those three ingredients would taste better then a butter laden, flour, and refined sugar chocolate cookie! Will be making these again for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I might need to take our shares for Medjool dates! Thanks for your awesome recipes.

    • bianca

      This made me laugh! Thank you Rachel, I am glad you have enjoyed them. Thank you so much for taking the time to write, I really appreciate it. Bianca

  • Rachel

    I used tahini as i didn’t have any macadamias………sorry to say they were pretty disgusting. Will have to try again with macadamias

    • bianca

      I am sorry you didn’t like them Rachel, did you use hulled or unhulled tahini? I hope you enjoy the macadamia version. Bianca

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  • Cรฉline

    Just made this…. They are in the oven…. Couldn’t help but try them before baking them and they’re so YUMMY that I had three….. Thanks so much for this recipe!

    Just one question though, my son is not allowed to take food with nuts in… What is hulled tahini compared to tahini? I have made them with nuts today and we’ll have them (most probably all of them…. My husband will be very lucky if we save him one) after school so it was ok with the macadamia nuts.

    • bianca

      Hi Celine, hulled tahini and unhulled tahini have very different flavours, I suggest trying both and seeing what you like. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Kayleen Thoren

    You know what…. these look so simple and I have all the ingredients at home so there is no excuse for not cooking them up tonight when I get home from work with my toddler…. Thankyou…..

    • bianca

      Thank you Kayleen, I hope you both enjoy them. B. x

  • nicole

    These cookies are one of my favourite to whip up…so easy and so yummy! i just went to make these and i realised i didnt have enough macadamia nuts so i used 1/2 cup raw cashew nuts and thought i might add a few extra ingredients too. 1 tbs moist coconut flakes, 1/4 tsp vanillla extract and OMG sooo yummy!! thanks again for a tops recipe!

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Nicole! Your variations sound delicious! I really appreciate you taking the time to write. I am glad you are enjoying the recipes. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Jo

    Tried making these yesterday with cashews instead of macadamias as that’s what I had in the cupboard and they’re much cheaper. I think they’re really tasty and so does my husband and daughter, but my son doesn’t agree unfortunately.
    Maybe I didn’t process the ingredients for long enough, or the change in nuts made a difference, but I didn’t find that they stuck together enough to make balls, so I added a bit of melted butter for extra moisture and this helped to bring it all together.

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  • Sarah

    I have just found your recipes, and they all look delicious! I just need to hurry up and get a blender so I can try them! I just wanted to ask where you get the medjool dates? I have seen them at woolworths and they seem very expensive. Are they cheaper anywhere else?

    • bianca

      Hi Sarah, I know you can also get them at Aldi if that helps?

  • Bek Mulholland

    Okay……so I am making these this afternoon!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Christina

    I am unable to get medjool dates in the town where I live. Could I substitute dried dates and maybe soak them in hot water for awhile?

  • Jessica

    Hi Bianca,
    I love all of your recipes! Just starting to make some here and there.
    I dont have a bender so could you give me an idea of how much macadamia nut paste would be equivalent to 1 cup if macadamias?
    Kind regards, Jess

    • bianca

      Hi Jessica, thank you, I am glad you like the recipes. I do not know for sure, maybe around 140 grams??? Sorry I am not much help with that one. Bianca

  • rach C

    Thought I’d try this recipe and had only sayer dates and tahini on hand so gave that a go. I’ve used Sayer dates in every recipe I’ve tried that calls for medjool dates and it’s been fine. Sadly this time I might as well have just eaten spoonfuls of Tahini. I think maybe it needs less tahini? Ick. But will get some macadamias and try again coz everyone else says they taste awesome.

    • bianca

      Sorry they haven’t worked for you Rach, I hope you have a better outcome with the macadamias. Bianca

  • Michelle

    I love these cookies and can’t stop making them. I also add orange zest and it gives the cookies a bit of kick. Thanks so much for the recipe, Bianca.

    • bianca

      That sounds divine! Thank you. xx

  • Kate

    Hi Bianca,

    I have to say, your site is absolutely lovely (not to mention, genius) and the treats I have made so far have been amazing. This recipe really appealed to me today, I am 39 weeks pregnant with my second and can’t do a lot, so I have been experimenting a little and trying to get some energy boosters into the fridge for the coming weeks of sleep deprivation and breastfeeding establishment :). Is there any reason why you can’t leave this mixture in the fridge and bake as required? I’m thinking of making a huge batch today and popping in the oven every few days or so. Perhaps I’m being a bit naive in thinking they might last that long in our house!


    • bianca

      HI Katie, I think that will work perfectly fine, it is a great idea, you can even keep the mixture in the freezer, or you can bake the cookies and store them in the freezer, you can even eat them straight from the freezer!! All the best with your baby. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Jenny

    Yum! These were delish, even though they were a little chunky because my food processor isn’t very powerful – it’s ten years old and I thought for a minute it was going to throw in the towel, but it pulled it off for me! I used dried dates that I soaked for a few minutes in boiling water and they worked out just fine. Next on my list: Jersey Caramels! Thanks for the great recipes.

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Jenny, your message made me laugh, I am glad they turned out for you. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Kim

    Wow! I made these today. Didn’t have macadamias so after reading the other comments went with a mixture of cashews, almonds and pistachios!! Seriously delicious, though I have a feeling the macadamias would be the best!

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Kim, I am glad you liked them. xx

  • Belle

    Im in LOVE!!!!!!!

    Ive made this recipe many times now and we have started using this recipe as a base and then we add in some flax seeds, chia seeds, gogi berries, sunflower seeds… whatever we have on hand. I add them at the end – so they dont get all mushed up.. the kids wont eat those ones, but this exact recipe they will

  • Cara

    yummo! just made these with pecans as was after a sweet treat and that’s all I had…. delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

    • bianca

      Thank you. I am glad you liked them. x

  • Yum! What a yummy and simple recipe! I can’t wait to give these a try! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sharyn

    I’m seven weeks away from giving birth to my third child and let me tell you, I’ve just put a batch of these in the oven (well, half a batch, my boys and I ate a bit too much of the uncooked cookies as we were rolling them – delicious!) and they are going to be a regular treat in our house!! So quick to whip up and they taste divine!! Will be my go-to recipe when everyone wants to come over to meet our new baby!! Love this site!! Thank you!

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Sharyn, I am glad you like that. I hope everything goes really well with your baby. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Nicole

    OMG I can’t believe how easy these were to make and how extremely delicious they were!! My fussy 5 year old absolutely loved them which is most unusual for her. Can’t wait to try more recipes in the coming days. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes and sharing aspects of your life with us, I am only new to your site and new to eating wholefoods but I love reading your blogs and they really inspire me and show that you don’t have to have lots of money to eat really good food!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • bianca

      Thank you so much Nicole, I really appreciate that and I think it is lovely that you have taken the time to write. I hope you enjoy many of the recipes. Bianca. x

  • Kirsty

    I made these with my two year old daughter yesterday- fun, quick, easy and so yummy! Though..this morning I put went to put them in a snack container for my daughter and they were soft- yummy still but more like eating cookie dough? Is that what they’re meant to be like? Should I have cooked them a bit more- I like mind to have a bit of a crunch and then chewy centre… What would you recommend because I DEF want to make these again! Thanks for that you do;)

    • bianca

      Yes that does happen, I have some cookies coming up that don’t do this so be sure to keep your eye out. You can keep these in the freezer (even eat them straight from the freezer) or you can add 2-4 teaspoons of coconut flour when you make them. I hope that helps. Bianca

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  • Katie

    These taste great, but I managed to break my blender in the process!! Not sure where I went wrong…

    • bianca

      Oh no!!! On a positive note I am glad you liked the cookie. xx

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  • Clare

    Do you think you could use other nuts? Like almond?

    • Yes, the taste will be different but they will still be lovely. x

  • Kerri

    Hi Bianca. This is my fave recipe of yours & I make them every day!!! So quick, easy & nutritious (& delicious)! My husband & my 7 year old son love them too! Thank you again as always. Love reading your posts x

    • Thank you so much Kerri!! I am glad your family are enjoying them. Many thanks, Bianca

  • Yvonne Larkworthy Warren

    I was all set to make these today then I remembered I have to soak nuts before I put them through my machine. Now I have to wait until tomorrow! *CRY* I’m going to use (soaked) dried dates instead of Medjool. I’ll let you know how they go.

  • Ro

    Yumm! I added some shredded coconut

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  • Hayley

    Hi Bianca
    Just made biscuits with tahini, they’re not very sweet tasting,should they be?
    & the tahini was a bit over powering, how can I make them more sweet?


    • Hi Hayley, did you use hulled tahini? It is less overpowering then unhulled tahini which I personally do not especially like. Alternatively increase the amount of dates that you use. Also, did you use medjool dates?
      Thanks, Bianca

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  • Mel

    Hi Bianca, just wanted to say thanks so much for all your delish recipes, but especially this one! My husband has been trying to reduce his chocolate intake, and these cookies are now his favourite things to eat, this is massive progress for such a sweet tooth! Making a batch now ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fabulous!!!! Thank you so much!! I am rapt that he is enjoying them. I hope you find a few others that make his transition off sugar a little easier, be sure to let me know. x

  • karen
    • Thank YOU! I am glad I made you smile, and that you are enjoying the site. I hope you like the cookies. xxx

  • Natasha

    In what form should the cocoa be – powder or dark chocolate?

  • Tamika

    Hi Bianca,
    Loving your site and recipes! Just wondering if the cooking times and temps are for a fan forced oven?

  • Hi Bianca,
    I can totally relate to your story :-)… I have just had my first child who is now 11.5 weeks old.. Prior to falling pregnant I suffered with insomnia also and I thought this would work in my favour as I was use to surviving on no sleep… However (and this is a BIG however ha ha), I had no idea what tired was until my baby was approximately 9 weeks old, the adrenalin wears off and I experienced tiredness that I had no idea existed.. Whilst I was pregnant people would say to me “you better enjoy your sleep now” or “you don’t get time to eat with a baby” to which I thought was rubbish but now here I am almost 12 weeks later walking around some days like a hungry zombie ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was going to feature your jersey caramels on my blog and facebook page but I actually ate them before I got a chance to photograph them, woops.. But these sound yummy and your story made me smile… Is there any way you can recommend storing these to keep them crisp as I prefer my cookies crisp, I saw in the comments you mentioned the freezer but I imagine this would just make them hard and not as much a cookie.. No biggie if you can’t but I thought I would ask xx
    Danielle xx

    • Thank you. I think you are doing exceptionally well to be maintaining a blog and FB page while looking after your new baby!!
      I would try baking the cookies longer at a lower temp. Be sure to let me know how you go.
      I hope you get some sleep soon. Those early months can be very, very hard. Hang in there and be kind to yourself. xx

  • Guest

    My little Masterchef LOVES helping me makes these!! Guess which ones he made! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Katie

    My little Masterchef LOVES helping me makes these!! Guess which ones he made! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I LOVE this!!!! GORGEOUS!!!! His cookies are fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing the pic. I am glad you and your handsome little man enjoy them. Be sure to let me know how you go with anything else that you try.

  • Andrea

    I used hulled Tahini and soaked pitted dates instead of Medjool since it’s all I had at home and they still tasted amazing. The tahini wasn’t overpowering at all for me. They still stay chewy in the centre the next day, so good! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    • Thank YOU so much! I really appreciate your feedback and I am rapt that you have enjoyed them!! Be sure to let me know how you go with anything else that you try. x

  • Sue Margaret

    just made the cookies. so divine, so easy…thank you, thank you, thank you, I popped an almond or a raw cashew on top before baking….I did not know life could be so simple……yummo,

    • YUM!!! Thank YOU! I really appreciate the feedback and I am rapt that you like them! Be sure to let me know how you go with anything else that you try. x

  • Sian

    Hi Bianca. We make these every week without fail for after school snacks. My 3.5 year old son suggested that we make them in gingerbread men shapes and look how they turned out! I reduced the cook time to 8 mins to stop hands and feet from burning and the kids love them. We also made lemon slice this week, which is just heavenly. Thank you for your gorgeous recipes ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you so much!! I LOVE This pic! Gorgeous! Thanks again for sharing, be sure to let me know how you go with anything else that you try. x

  • Sian

    Oops. And here is the photo.

  • A Re-Examined Life

    I just commented on your jersey caramels and forgot to mention that I made these ones on the weekend too, and they are delicious. I didnt have enough tahini for the recipe so I ended up using half tahini and half cashews. As I said in my other post, it is so great to have cookie recipes without any added sweeteners. Awesome!

    • Fabulous!!! Thank you. I am glad you liked them. Be sure to let me know what you try next. x

  • Natasha

    Could I use almonds instead of macadamias?

    • You can, I think it will still work but they wont be the same.

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  • Gluten Free Kim

    Love this post and have made and enjoyed the cookies. Even used this recipe to make a cheese cake base …. Yum. From a sleep deprived mum with a 4 week old bub and 2.5 year old who just aren’t great sleepers.

    • Oh Kim, I feel for you! I have been lucky to not have two waking babies in the night. That must be a whole new level of hard. I hope you have plenty of help and that you can rest a little in days (yes, I saw the 2.5 year old part…..). I am glad you have enjoyed the post and cookies. x

  • Jess

    I used almonds. My husband said they were amazing. I’ve had 2.5 already and am creating ways to have more without my 3 year old noticing; Mumma doesn’t wanna share!

    • Love it!! Thank you. I am glad they were enjoyed. I hope you find many more recipes that you like. x

  • Lucia James

    Hi Bianca, just wanted to let you know that I made these for a BBQ yesterday and they were a massive hit – people were eating them before we even started lunch and everyone raved about how good they were. Thank you for another wonderful recipe, I will be making these regularly now!

    • That is great to hear!! Thank YOU so much for the feedback. I really appreciate it and I hope you find many more recipes that you enjoy, be sure to let me know. x

  • Jess

    My dates had too much liquid on them from being soaked and the mixture wasn’t processing properly. I threw in some coconut in an attempt to save the mixture and offset the water content. I now have biscuits that taste like lammingtons! I love delicious accidents!

  • Caroline

    I have made these a couple times now and I have found that adding a tablespoon or so of cocoa and a pinch of salt makes these cookies even tastier than they already are!

  • Clare

    I just made these with tahini and they taste just like half a which I love and the husband doesn’t so I’m just going to tell him he won’t like them so I don’t have to share ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Maddy Veda

    Bianca, so my 3yr old may not be keen on these, but i just decided to give one to my 10month old and you should see her face. She is in heaven. haha She is giggling away and looks like a pig in mud covered in slobbery chewy chocolate cookie ๐Ÿ™‚ Also i didn’t have enough dates for a cup so i topped it up with saltana’s it and worked a treat ! Love your work – THANK YOU xx

    • Love it!! Thank YOU! Thais made me laugh! I am glad they have been enjoyed. Next time you will have to get a pic for me! Be sure to let me know how you go with anything else that you try. Have a great weekend. Bianca. x

  • Kathryn Gardner

    The sleep deprivation sounds so familiar, Bianca. Mine have not been good sleepers either. Will definitely give these a go. Thanks! Looking forward to hearing your good bubba news. When are you due?

    • Hi Kathryn, thank YOU!! Yes I am starting to fear the sleepless nights already! I am due on the 27th of August and I am super excited! It still seems a while away. We will go and do a little baby shopping soon so I am looking forward to that. I hope you are going well. Have a great day. x

  • Jess Hammond

    I think these are one of my favourite recipes of yours Bianca! So quick n easy. And you can add other flavours easily. Love adding rosewater or coating one side in homemade chocolate. Thankyou!!!

  • Kk

    Wow! These cookies are changing my life! Have made them twice in as many days (as we ate the entire first batch in one night!). Cannot believe such a simple, wholesome combo of ingredients tastes so utterly divine. Excited to try some of your other recipes too. Thank you again. ????

    • That is great to hear! Thank YOU!! I hope you find many recipes that you enjoy, be sure to let me know. x

  • Tracey Morgan

    Love these cookies – making a double batch almost every week! Even my hubby (who is not a whole food fan) loves them. Thank you xx

  • BodyFabulous

    Delicious ! So quick & easy. Hardest part was letting them cool (without tasting) – worth the wait as they are so chewy. My kids demolished them ????

    • Thank YOU!!! I really appreciate the feedback and I am glad they were enjoyed. x

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  • Trish Pearman

    I tweaked it slightly as I only had pitted dates, I also added 3/4 cup of coconut and to moisten it a bit I used some cherry liquor – they are delicious with a โ€˜cherry ripeโ€™ flavor, yummo! Thanks for the recipe

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