These cookies spell “Christmas” to my family. By combining dates and nuts, it makes the cookies extra tasty and addictive. Plus, shape them into pinwheels for an interesting and eye-catching aesthetic that’ll make them have more cookies than one.


Date-Nut Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

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Preparation: 30 mins
Cooking: 10 mins
Total: 40 mins
Serves: 48 people


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup Crisco
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda


  1. Grind dates and raisins together, add sugar and water and cook in saucepan until sugar is dissolved and mixture is smooth. Cool then add the nutmeats.

  2. Cream sugars, Crisco, and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time. Stir soda into first cup of flour. Add flour to sugar mixture one cup at a time.

  3. Divide cookie dough in half, roll on floured cloth to a little more than 1/4-inch.  Spread with 1/2 of the raisin/date mixture, then roll as a jelly roll. Cut this in half and wrap in waxed paper. Do the same with the second half of the dough. Refrigerate several hours, or overnight.

  4. Slice into 1/4-inch thick cookies and bake in a 400-degree oven for 10 minutes.

  5. Rolls will keep in the refrigerator for a long time - bake as many as you need at a time.

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