Date Pinwheel Cookies

Sweet chopped dates and crunchy walnuts rolled in cookie dough and sliced into pinwheels make a simple and tasty cookie. Make these ahead and freeze or serve warm out of the oven.

Yield: Makes 2 1/2 dozen
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • 1 (10-ounce) package chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Preparation

  1. Stir together dates, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a saucepan; bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat; simmer 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in walnuts, and set aside.
  2. Beat remaining 1/2 cup sugar, softened butter, and brown sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Add egg and vanilla, beating until blended. Gradually add remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, flour, and baking soda, beating until blended. Cover and chill 1 hour.
  4. Turn dough out onto floured wax paper, and roll into an 18- x 12-inch rectangle. Spread date mixture evenly over dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border.
  5. Roll up dough jellyroll fashion, beginning at 1 long side. Wrap in wax paper, and chill 1 hour.
  6. Cut roll into 1/4-inch-thick slices; place on lightly greased baking sheets.
  7. Bake, in batches, at 375° for 12 to 14 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool cookies 2 to 3 minutes on baking sheets, and remove to wire racks to cool completely.
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