Date Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

These nutty, date filled treats are rolled into an attractive pinwheel pattern—a great holiday cookie idea.
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SERVINGS
24
Ingredients
  • FRUIT FILLING:
  • 1 1/2 cups dates - pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • COOKIE:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup nuts of choice - finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter - softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions
COOKIE:
  • Sift flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl.
  • Add nuts.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light.
  • Add egg and vanilla, beat until smooth.
  • Beat in flour mixture.
  • Refrigerate dough until stiff, approximately 2 hours.
  • Divide dough in half, roll out on an 8x8 piece of waxed paper.
  • Spread half of the filling over dough, wrap in waxed paper. Repeat with the second half of dough and filling.
  • Refrigerate over night.
  • Cut dough into 1/8 inch slices and place on a lightly greased cooke sheet.
  • Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes.

FILLING:
  • In a saucepan, combine the dates and water.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes or until excess liquid has evaporated.
  • Cool slightly, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
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