Date-Nut Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

These nutty date pinwheel cookies are the perfect dessert snack to serve during the holiday season. Just its eye-catching pinwheel design alone makes for an interesting sweet and nutty treat. This date nut cookies recipe makes use of dates, raisins, and walnuts that are then mixed with sugar and water to produce an incredible cookie filling. It’s then spread across the cookie dough and rolled and shaped into cute pinwheels. Pair these delicious date nut cookies with cinnamon tea on the side or use leftover dates as toppings for this yogurt parfait recipe

Tips on Making Nutty Date Pinwheel Cookies

Make these date pinwheel cookies for your family and friends. It’s an easy recipe that you can make with simple ingredients. We listed some few tips you can do while making these so that your cookies stay fresh and delicious.


  • Make sure the nuts are chopped well. It’s better to use chopped nuts for this recipe that are not too big or too fine. Avoid a flaky or lumpy consistency as it can affect the cookies’ final appearance. 
  • Try adding lemon zest. Sometimes lemon zest is added into the date nut filling for extra tang. 
  • Refrigerate the cookie dough for at least an hour before adding in the date filling so that it’s firm enough to roll. For leftovers, plastic wrap the cookie dough and store it in the fridge.
  • Allow the date filling to cool before spreading it on the dough. It’s important to let the date nut filling cool down until it’s warm enough to spread on dough. Use a spatula to evenly spread the filling onto the dough. 
Date-Nut Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

How To Make Date-Nut Pinwheel Cookies

This date pinwheel cookies recipe lets you use dates, walnuts, and raisins as fillings for a nutty and fruity treat.

Prep: 30 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 40 mins


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

For Filling:

  • 1 lb raisins
  • 1 lb dates
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • cup English walnuts, chopped


  1. Grind dates and raisins together. Add sugar and water, and cook in a saucepan until sugar is dissolved and mixture is smooth. Allow to cool, then add the nutmeats.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the sugars, Crisco, and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time. Stir the baking soda into the first cup of flour. Add flour to the sugar mixture one cup at a time.
  3. Divide the cookie dough in half and roll it on floured cloth to a little more than ¼-inch. Spread with ½ 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 for several hours, or overnight.
  4. Slice into ¼-inch thick cookies. Line up the pinwheel cookies on baking trays. Allow a bit of space after every cookie.
  5. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Then, bake for 10 minutes or until the edges are light golden brown.
  6. Rolls will keep in the refrigerator for a long time. Bake as many as you need at a time.


  • Sugar: 17g
  • :
  • Calcium: 15mg
  • Calories: 187kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 33g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 168mg
  • Protein: 2g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Sodium: 35mg
  • Vitamin A: 15IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you roll date pinwheel cookies?

Place the dough on a lightly floured flat surface. Start by rolling it into a rectangular shape with rounded edges. Don’t roll the dough too thin. Afterwards, add in the date nut filling. Use a rubber spatula to spread the mixture evenly on the dough. Leave at least ½-inch space near the border and edges. Roll up the dough away from you, then seal both edges. Wrap with wax paper or parchment paper, and twist the edges before storing in the fridge to chill.

How do you soften dates on cookies?

Dates can easily harden and dry up as they age even when they’re stored properly. That’s why we recommend using fresh dates for this recipe since they’re soft and hydrated when added into the mix. However, if you don’t have fresh dates, you can still revive your dried up dates. Simply place them inside a bowl of water, then heat using the microwave. Allow dates to fully submerge in the water. When using the microwave, heat for about 3 to 5 minutes on medium heat.

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Indulge in a delicious treat with these easy homemade Christmas date pinwheel cookies filled with nutty and sweet fruity flavors. Enjoy it fresh and warm from the oven while paired up with a cup of sweet tea.
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