Date Nut Pinwheels

Recipe by Shaye
READY IN: 51mins
YIELD: 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.