Chewy Date and Walnut Pinwheel Cookies

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READY IN: 4hrs 45mins
SERVES: 54
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Combine dates, sugar and water in saucepan.
  • Cook until thickened and dates have broken down to a paste about 5 minutes, stirring constantly (add water a tsp at a time if you feel it is sticking).
  • Remove from heat and blend in lemon juice, lemon rind and the nuts.
  • Set aside to cool thoroughly.
  • Sift together flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Cream the butter, brown sugar and orange rind.
  • Beat in the egg and vinegar (the vinegar will slightly"curdle" the butter, don't worry this is normal).
  • Blend in the dry ingredients (dough will be somewhat stiff).
  • Chill dough several hours or overnight.
  • On wax paper, roll dough into a 15x10 inch rectangle.
  • Spread with the date mixture to within 1/4 inch of all sides.
  • Starting with the long side of the dough roll as for jelly roll, using the wax paper to help you.
  • Slice roll in half place on platter cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Slice into 1/4 inch thick slices and place on cookie sheet (grease the sheet if you are not using a non-stick sheet).
  • Bake in 375F oven for 12 minutes until slightly golden (do not brown).
  • Remove from oven and let sit on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before removing and cooling on rack.
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