Date Pinwheels

This is an excellent Christmas cookie.

Ingredients

Filling

  • 2 1/4 cups chopped dates
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Cookie Dough

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions

  1. Filling: Combine dates, sugar and water. Cook over low heat until thick, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add nuts. Let cool.
  3. Cookie Dough: Cream shortening.
  4. Add brown sugar; cream thoroughly.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Sift dry ingredients and add. Mix well.
  7. Chill dough thoroughly.
  8. Divide dough and roll into rectangles no more than 1/4-inch thick. Spread with filling and roll. Wrap each roll in wax paper.
  9. Chill.
  10. Slice 1/4-inch thick.
  11. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes.

Yield: 5 dozen

Unbaked cookies may be kept in refrigerator for a month. May also be frozen. Bake as needed.