Date Nut Pinwheel Cookies

I love my brother, I would do anything for him.  He recently had surgery and I heard him say something about “those good cookies Aunt Lorraine used to make”.  I went right home and got out Aunt Lorraine’s recipe for Date Nut Pinwheels and made them to take to him.  I remember as a child every time we got together for a big family dinner, sweet Aunt Lorraine would bring these cookies. Good memories.

Date Nut Pinwheel Cookies

Cookie Dough:
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
4 tsp vanilla
3½ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugars.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix in flour, soda, and salt.  Wrap and chill while making filling.

Filling:
1 (8 oz) bag chopped dates
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 tsp vanilla

Chop dates very fine or process in food processor.  Stir together dates, water, and sugar in saucepan and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until thick.  Remove from heat and add walnuts and vanilla.  Cool.

Take dough from refrigerator, divide into thirds.  Roll one third on floured surface to a 6×12 rectangle.  Gently spread one third of filling evenly over dough.  Roll up, starting at one long side, making a log, wrap in wax paper and put in fridge.  Repeat with other two pieces of dough.  Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350°.  Slice about 1/4″ slices and put on greased cookie sheet.  Bake 10  minutes or until barely golden brown.

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