I had a bag of dates in my refrigerator and went to Google Recipes and typed in the ingredients I wanted to use; dates, oatmeal, coconut and butter and a few great recipes came up. I actually settled with one that didn't have dates in it and simply added them (1/2 cup) to the cookie dough. Also, I didn't have maple syrup so I used pancake syrup.
I had fun watching the baking soda react with the butter mixture. It ultimately turned the cookie into a crispy edged/ soft middle creation.