Date Nut Pinwheels

"Crisp brown sugar cookies spiraled with date filling. My MIL used to make these, now the tradition has fallen to me. The rolls freeze beautifully, and it's easy to cut just a few for a quick snack. Prep time includes chilling."
Date Nut Pinwheels created by Donna Matthews
Ready In:
72 Cookies




  • For filling, in a small saucepan combine dates, sugar, and water and bring to boiling.
  • Cook an stir over low heat for 1 to 2 minutes or till thick.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Stir in nuts and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
  • Cool thoroughly.
  • Meanwhile, combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat shortening for 30 seconds.
  • Add brown sugar and beat until fluffy.
  • Add egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and beat well.
  • Add flour mixture and beat until well mixed, stirring in last portion by hand.
  • Cover and chill about 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  • On waxed paper roll dough into an 18x10 inch rectangle.
  • Spread filling to within 1/2 inch of edges.
  • Roll up jelly roll style, beginning at long side.
  • Pinch edge to seal.
  • Cut roll in half cross wise.
  • Wrap rolls and chill for several hours or overnight.
  • (Chill in a drinking glass to avoid flat side.) Cut in 1/4-inch slices.
  • Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake in a 350 oven for 10-12 minutes or until done.
  • Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute, then remove and cool thoroughly.

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  1. Donna Matthews
    Date Nut Pinwheels Created by Donna Matthews
  2. School Chef
    These are an all time holiday favorite. My mother always made these cookies for my friend, but this year she is ill and can make cookies, so I made them. Great.
  3. Lindas Busy Kitchen
    This recipe is different than my recipe after looking at the recipe, so I am not going to rate it.
  4. Virginia
    I was just getting ready to submit this recipe, I have been making them for 40 years. A family favorite. Thank you Shaye
  5. Donna Matthews
    These have been my favorite Christmas cookie for years and this recipe is great, especially the tip about refrigerating the rolls in a tall glass. Because the cookies needed to cool for awhile before I could remove them from the baking sheets, I used multiple sheets. My original recipe had come from an old Betty Crocker cookbook, but this one tastes just as good.



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