Makes 2 1/2 dozen

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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 2

Beat remaining 1/2 cup sugar, softened butter, and brown sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 5

Roll up dough jellyroll fashion, beginning at 1 long side. Wrap in wax paper, and chill 1 hour.

Step 6

Cut roll into 1/4-inch-thick slices; place on lightly greased baking sheets.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

pygmyowlclay's Review

December 17, 2013

Gokulananda's Review

December 15, 2013

grtrwomin's Review

December 15, 2012
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.

MikeNestor's Review

December 15, 2012

Mtnmimi's Review

December 04, 2012

DianaDB's Review

December 18, 2010
This was what I have been looking for!!! This took me back many years when I was a young girl and my great grandma made these!!! Thank you so much for the post!!! They are fabulous!!!!!! I cant wait to share them with my family

TTownGirl's Review

December 09, 2009
This wonderful recipe evokes memories of Christmas with my grandma. I've carried on the tradition; it wouldn't be Christmas without them! Definitely worth the little bit of extra time they take.

jenmax's Review

December 03, 2008
My mother made these for years before I did. Her recipe is almost the same, but no nuts. Really a delicious and slightly different cookie. For me it brings up memories of Christmas, along with date stuffed cookies. Yum.