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Date Nut Pinwheels Recipe

Do you feel adventuresome? We hope so. Here is an old time recipe that you probably have never tried before.

Contributed By: From Grandma Hanley's Cookbook Collection

Yield: about 5 dozen cookies

Date Nut Pinwheel Ingredients:

  • •2 1/4 cups pitted dates, cut into small pieces

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup nuts, chopped (Grandma used walnuts)

  • 1 cup shortening

  • 2 cups brown sugar (firmly packed)

  • 3 eggs, beaten

  • 4 cups all purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 12 teaspoon baking soda

Date Nut Pinwheel Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, combine dates, sugar and water. Bring to a boil.

  2. Lower heat and cook for 10 minutes, until thick.

  3. Remove from heat.

  4. Stir in nuts, and set aside to cool. Then, refrigerate until ready to use.

  5. In a bowl, cream shortening until soft.

  6. Gradually, mix in brown sugar, creaming until light and fluffy.

  7. Add eggs, mixing well.

  8. Sift together flower, salt and baking soda.

  9. Add dry ingredients to shortening mixture in two parts. Mix well each time.

  10. Roll dough into a ball, and refrigerate for several hours.

  11. When dough is very firm, divide into two.

  12. Roll each dough into rectangle shape, 1/8 inch thick.

  13. Spread date nut mixture on top of dough.

  14. Roll up by the long side, like a jelly roll.

  15. Wrap each roll in aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.

  16. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

  17. Cut dough into 1/4" slices (pinwheels), and place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.

  18. Bake 10 - 12 minutes.

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