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Date Nut Pinwheels

Date Nut Pinwheels

My mom got this recipe from her boss – he used to pay my sister and me to bake his Christmas cookies every year. These were his favorite; I think the recipe came from his uncle. It has become one of my favorites when I am looking for a soft, chewy, spiced cookie.


  • Cookie Dough:
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. allspice
  • ¼ tsp. cloves
  • Filling:
  • 1½ cups chopped dates
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup water


  1. Cream butter and sugar together; add the egg and blend completely.
  2. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour.
  3. While dough is chilling, prepare filling.
  4. Put all ingredients into a one-quart saucepan.
  5. Over medium heat, bring to a boil and cook until sugar dissolves.
  6. Remove from heat and cool.
  7. To prepare cookies, divide dough in half.
  8. Roll dough into a rectangle, keeping dough between ¼ and ½ inch thick.
  9. Spread half of the filling over dough, leaving a 1” space at the edge of the dough uncovered.
  10. Roll dough up, jelly-roll style, and cut into ½ inch slices.
  11. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes on a greased cookie sheet.
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