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.
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
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.
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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