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    1 hr 10 mins

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    10 mins

    Linda's Busy Kitchen's Note:

    My mom used to make these every Christmas for us when I was growing up, and they bring back special memories for me, especially around the holidays. We have been eating these for 50 years! These are my all time FAVORITE cookies :) They make a lot of cookies, and the amount really depends on how thick you actually roll the dough, and how thin or thick you cut the cookies. The cooking time is for EACH batch of cookies, and the prep time does not include time to chill dough.

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    Date Filling

    Cookie Dough


    1. 1
      Date Filling:.
    2. 2
      Combine dates, sugar and water in a pan and cook until thick (about 10 mins.).
    3. 3
      Add nuts to mixture, mix, and let cool. Set aside.
    4. 4
      Cookie Dough:.
    5. 5
      Cream shortening and add brown sugar gradually.
    6. 6
      Add eggs, and beat well. Add to the other ingredients, and mix.
    7. 7
      Divide into 2 parts, and make 2 round balls.
    8. 8
      Chill for 1 hr., or until ready to bake.
    9. 9
      Preheat oven to 375.
    10. 10
      Make 4 balls from the 2 lg. balls of dough.
    11. 11
      Roll out dough to 1/4" thick, and spread date mixture all over the top to the edge of the dough.
    12. 12
      Roll into logs.
    13. 13
      Cut into slices 1/4" thick, and place on greased cookie sheet.
    14. 14
      Bake in 375 oven for 10-12 minutes.
    15. 15
      Cool on cookie racks and store in a plastic container with lid, or a cookie tin.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 19, 2009

      My Mom always made these at Christmas and kept them in the same container every year. They are my Brother's favorite. Since she passed I now make them for him and still use the same container. They are so good.

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    • on December 20, 2008


      Fanfreakintastic cookies!!!! These cookies are no doubt in my mind the best cookies I have ever put in my mouth. I couldn't leave them alone once they were baked! I won't even tell you how many I had :) I baked off half of them and froze the remaining logs to bake off this weekend for the family. I can't wait for my mom to try them because she loves her dates and nuts!

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    • on December 21, 2014


      My Mom always made these each year for her holiday cookie tray. Now that she is gone I make them . This year I could not find her recipe. I decided on this recipe and I was not disappointed . Just like Mom's. Thanks for sharing.

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    Nutritional Facts for Shirley's Date Nut Pinwheels - Christmas

    Serving Size: 1 (2205 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 100.4
    Calories from Fat 33
    Total Fat 3.7 g
    Saturated Fat 0.8 g
    Cholesterol 6.9 mg
    Sodium 38.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 16.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
    Sugars 10.5 g
    Protein 1.2 g

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