Bottom line - cookies taste great! Several steps (read directions carefully first for clear understanding). Used food processor to chop dates. Added some sugar first to keep dates from sticking.
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
- 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
- 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.
- Beat remaining 1/2 cup sugar, softened butter, and brown sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
- 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.
- 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.
- Roll up dough jellyroll fashion, beginning at 1 long side. Wrap in wax paper, and chill 1 hour.
- Cut roll into 1/4-inch-thick slices; place on lightly greased baking sheets.
- 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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