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Rich and Delicious Date Pinwheel Cookies

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Dates. Pecans. Buttery shortbread. 

Do I have your attention yet? Today, we’re bringing you a recipe for one of the most luxurious cookies ever: Date Pinwheel Cookies. This classic, old-fashioned recipe boasts a rich and delicious fruit-and-nuts combination that makes these cookies perfect for cold weather and special occasions.  Enjoy them as part of your holiday festivities–or any time of year!

This is the perfect winter cookie, and we know you’ll love it.

To start making your date pinwheel cookies, cream together shortening and butter in a mixing bowl. Next, add in the brown sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Beat well. Once everything is all creamed together, you can mix in dry ingredients.

When your dough is done, divide it into two portions and set aside.

Now it’s time to make the delicious fruit and nut filling! Chop up the dates and add them to a medium cooking pot, along with the sugar and water. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer until it’s a thick consistency. Remove from heat and allow it to cool.

Note: keep a close watch on it! If it starts burning you’ll have a sticky mess on your hands!

Next, chop up your pecans finely and add them to the date mixture.

Now, it’s time to put these two delicious components together.  Roll one portion of dough into a rectangle 1/8” inch thick rectangle. Sprinkle flour to the rolling pin, your hands if things start getting too sticky.

When your dough is thin and relatively even, spread half of the date mixture onto the rectangle of cookie dough. Then, carefully roll the cookie dough and date mixture into a log. You’ll want to roll from the shorter side—not lengthwise.

Carefully roll your cookie dough log in parchment paper or plastic wrap. Repeat the same process with the other half of the dough and remaining date mixture. Find a safe spot in your refrigerator where your logs can spend the night. Refrigerating them overnight makes them easier to cut the next day and helps the flavors combine!

The next day, simply slice the dough logs into 1/2” slices/cookies.

Place them on a cookie sheet and bake them in a pre-heated oven at  375° for 10-12 minutes. Then remove them and let them cool on a wire rack!

Enjoy these cookies at the end of a savory meal or with a nice, hot cup of spiced tea! How do you plan to enjoy these Date Pinwheel Cookies?

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Rich and Delicious Date Pinwheel Cookies

  • Author: Trish Corlew
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes and overnight refrigeration
  • Cook Time: 10 - 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 38 minute
  • Yield: 60 Cookies 1x

Description

These delicious, old-fashioned Date Pinwheel Cookies are nutty, rich and buttery. The fruit and nut combination makes these delicious treats the perfect winter cookies! We know you’ll love them as part of your holiday festivities or anytime you want to bake something extra special!


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Ingredients

  • 4 cups sifted flour 
  • 2 cups brown sugar 
  • 1⁄2 cup shortening 
  • 1⁄2 cup butter 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1⁄2 tsp salt 
  • 10 oz pitted dates 
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped 
  • 1⁄2 cup sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup water

Other tools:

• Stand or hand mixer
• Baking sheet
• Parchment or plastic wrap


Instructions

Cream together shortening and butter in mixing bowl.

Add brown sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Beat well.

Mix in dry ingredients.

Divide dough into two portions and set aside.

Chop dates and add to a medium cooking pot, along with the sugar and
water. Bring to a boil and simmer until thick. Remove from heat and allow
to cool.

Chop pecans and add to date mixture.

Roll one portion of dough into a rectangle 1/8” inch thick.

Spread half of the date mixture on the cookie dough.

Roll from the short side into a log. Roll into parchement paper or plastic
wrap. Repeat with the other half of the dough and remaining date mixture.
Place both logs in the refridgerator overnight.

Slice the cookie dough logs into 1/2” slices. Place on cookie sheet.

Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes.

Cool on wire racks.

Enjoy


 

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