Date Nut Pinwheel Cookies

When I worked at a bakery this was one of my favorite cookies though this is not their recipe. Luckily, at this bakery,  I could eat all I wanted and didn’t have to pay for the indulgence. Where this particular recipe comes from is a complete mystery since I’ve been making it for over 15 years.  It’s probably been modified many times and I now guiltily claim it as mine.  It’s a fun Holiday treat and packages well for gift baskets.  I couldn’t resist posting this recipe so early since I’m going to a Christmas in July party next month.  If I can find dates, which may be impossible, then this will be my contribution to the desert table.  This is a rich buttery recipe with lots of chopped dates and nuts.

Ingredients

10 Ounces Dates; pitted and chopped 2 large eggs
1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 cup hot water 3 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 cup Pecans; finely chopped, or walnuts 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup soft butter 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

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Preparation

Combine dates, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, about 6 to 8 minutes or until mixture thickens. Remove from heat; stir in chopped walnuts. Let cool completely.

Cream butter in a large mixing bowl; gradually add brown sugar, beating well. Add eggs; beat well. Stir in vanilla.

Combine flour, soda, cream of tartar, and salt in a medium mixing bowl; add to creamed mixture, stirring well.

Divide dough into thirds. Roll each portion into a thin 12 – 15 inch square on separate sheets of parchment. To roll thin and avoid sticking, cover dough with a second sheet of parchment; press out dough to form a square shape and finish with rolling-pin over top of second sheet of parchment. Carefully, peel top piece of parchment away from dough; thinly spread the squared dough with one-third of reserved date mixture.

lifting up the edge of the lower parchment, gently peel of the long edge of the dough and roll up jelly roll fashion. Use a pastry knife to slide and roll the dough if necessary. You can use the lower piece of parchment to continue to form the jelly roll shape so as not to tear the dough. Use the same procedure with the remaining two portions of dough.

As formed, wrap each roll in the parchment, and chill overnight. If time is short, you can freeze the dough for a few hours to rapid chill. Remove parchment paper. Cut into 1/4-inch slices, and place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until cookie browns slightly around edges. If cookies do not brown, may need to increase oven temperature or increase butter next time made.

Prepare dough and chill overnight. Store baked cookies in airtight containers.

If you like the recipe from KCinAZ, then give me a like or comment on this post. 😀  I’ll try to give you more fun recipes.

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Categories: Cookies, Fruit

Author:kcinaz

Lets talk about the two sides of me. I am a Gemini just so you know. The first side of me is the cooking and entertaining part. This is a major part of my life and I wouldn't be fulfilled without it. Of course, we all have to eat, but the main part of cooking for me is entertaining and sharing fun and flavorful foods with great friends. Dinner parties, happy hours and well, most anything to do with food is where I begin to enjoy. My other side, the artsy side is a craving for art, painting and photography. Maybe this is my Gemini left side of the brain?? Since starting to write a Blog I've picked back up what hubby calls my big ass camera and started carting it around again. He’s always afraid I will ask him to carry it. I keep thinking that when I retire (?#&*!!!) that I will have time to read all the photography books in my library and become a superb photographer. Wishful thinking.

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5 Comments on “Date Nut Pinwheel Cookies”

  1. March 21, 2014 at 7:45 am #

    I can’t wait to try these. I bet they would would with brown Turkish figs, too. Your blog is very creative! 🙂

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    • March 21, 2014 at 8:41 am #

      Thanks, Shanna for your comment on the date pinwheel cookies. I’ve not seen Turkish figs but am sure a fig would work well too. This is one of my favorite Christmas cookies to make because they travel so well. I stopped by your site earlier and enjoyed your recipes so much that two of them are now on my Pinterest; Raju and Brownies. Thanks. ⭐

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  2. July 23, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    I haven’t eaten these in years, thanks for reminding me of them 🙂

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    • July 25, 2013 at 8:10 am #

      Thanks for stopping by. I really like these cookies. Couldn’t find fresh dates so will have to wait until the fall to make them. Let me know if you try the recipe. 🙂

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