Sunday, May 2, 2010

Date Pin Wheel Cookies (a holiday favorite!)

1 cup butter (softened), 2 cups light brown sugar, 3 eggs (well beaten), 4 cups flour, 1/2 t. baking soda, 1/2 t. vanilla.

Date filling: 3/4 lb (or whole pkg) dates (chopped), 1/3 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water. Cook 10 minutes in saucepan until thick. Add 1 cup chopped nuts (blend in).

Cream butter with sugar, stir in beaten eggs. Combine Dry ingredients and add to moist mixture. Lastly add vanilla. Divide into 2 parts. Roll each into a rectangle. Spread each rectangle with date filling. Roll rectangle beginning at wide side. Pinch closed. Wrap in waxed paper and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven 400 degrees. Slice rolls into 1/4" slices and place each slice on a lightly greased cookie sheet an inch apart. Bake 10 minutes. Makes 5 dozen.

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