This recipe for date cookies goes back to my earliest memories of my Mother’s kitchen. I can so clearly see her standing at the counter with a rolling pin in her hands, forming the logs that she wrapped in waxed paper and put into the refrigerator to chill. Yesterday I took a small plate of these cookies to my Mom when I visited her in her assisted living community, and when she saw these little date spirals her eyes lit up and she had a big smile because she recognized them too. We shared a few long ago memories of days when we lived on a farm and she could see me from the kitchen window racing my horse as fast as I could go the full length of the pasture near the house. I rode bareback in those days and it was a miracle I didn’t kill myself. It seems funny to both of us now.
So…I hope you enjoy these delicious cookies. If you like dates you will love this recipe. It’s been a favorite in my family for over fifty years. Often old recipes are the best because there are memories attached to them.
Date Pinwheel Ice Box Cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 recipe Date Filling
Thoroughly cream together butter and sugars. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Sift together dry ingredients; stir into creamed mixture. Chill. Divide dough in half.
On a lightly floured surface roll one part in 12x 8 inch rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick. Trim edges of the dough. Spread half of the Date Filling over dough. Begin at long edge, roll like a jelly roll. Repeat with remaining dough. Wrap rolls in plastic wrap and chill for several hours. Slice 1/4 inch thick. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 400 degrees for about 8 minutes.
In saucepan combine 1 pound pitted, chopped dates, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup orange juice. Cook and stir until mixture boils and thickens and becomes spreadable. If it gets too thick add a more orange juice. If you like nuts add 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or hazelnuts.
I’m linking my post today to Michael Lee’s Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum.