December 6, 2012

Date Swirl Cookies

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Date Swirl Cookies

I have been making these wonderful cookies for many years~
They are a holiday tradition in my house~
Make these delicious cookies and
start a {new} holiday tradition in your house.

Date Swirl Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups pitted dates, chopped
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Cooking Directions
  1. In a saucepan, combine dates, 1/4 cup sugar, water, brandy, nuts, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thick, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a mixing bowl beat butter, brown sugar, egg, vanilla extract and remaining sugar. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Gradually stir into butter mixture. Chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Knead dough lightly for 5 minutes, roll dough on a lightly floured surface to a 1/4 inch thick rectangle, spread with cooled date mixture, roll up jelly-roll style starting at a long end. Wrap with saran wrap. Chill for at least 4 hours. Remove saran wrap, cut log into 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch slices, place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets.
  4. Bake at 375ยบ degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Cool on a wire rack.
Yield: about 4 dozen.
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