Welcome to Day #4 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.
Here we are on the fourth day of our Christmas week already. Today I wanted to do a swirl or pinwheel cookie, lots of ideas were swimming around in my head but I came across my container of dates and then knew I wanted to do an old fashioned date and nut pinwheel. Something that I have never made before but knew I would love due to rich delicious dates and wonderful flavors from the walnuts.
The cookie dough for this recipe is called Caramel Refrigerator Cookies and it tastes amazing, it was one of the best cookies from 1940-1945 according to Betty Crocker!! The recipe is adapted from Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book, love how they spelled cookie. This cookbook I got from my dear friend Nan who collects all sorts of wonderful vintage items and then sells them with her daughter Courtney. They call themselves “The Kitschy Chicks”. So much fun, I love going to their sales!! Always find lots!!
Look at the size of those dates, love them!!
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp. vanilla
- 1¾ cup flour
- ½ tsp. soda
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¾ lb. moist pitted dates, chopped
- ⅓ cup sugar
- ⅓ cup water
- ½ cup walnuts, finely chopped
- For the dough, in a standup mixer with a paddle attachment mix butter and sugar together. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Whisk flour, soda and salt together and add, mix well. Remove dough from bowl and divide in half. Wrap each half in plastic wrap. Chill for ½ hour.
- To make the filling mix the dates, water and sugar together in a small saucepan and heat over medium low until the dates have dissolved slightly and the mixture is thickened. Stirring constantly. Set aside to cool.
- Roll each half of dough on wax paper with a floured rolling pin into a 11×7″ rectangle. Divide the cooled date and nut filling between the two rectangles and spread evenly over the dough. Beginning at the wide end and using the wax paper to help, roll the dough up tightly. Pinch edge to seal. Wrap the logs now up in the wax paper and refrigerate for several hours.
- Preheat the oven to 400F and slice the logs into ¼” slices. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 8-10 min. until lightly browned.
Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book
I am sure having fun with my blogger buddies doing all these wonderful sweet treats for you each day. I hope you are enjoying them too!!
Visit all the other Christmas Week Peeps for more Holiday Baking Goodness:
- Mini Sugar Cookie Houses aka Hot Chocolate Mug Perches by Cravings of a Lunatic
- Eggnog Cookie Truffles by The Weekend Gourmet
- Spiked Candy Cane Hot Chocolate by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks:
- Gingerbread Texas Sheet Cake with Lemon Frosting by Chocolate Moosey
- Swirl Cookies by Noshing With The Nolands
- Caramel Apples by My Catholic Kitchen
- Homemade Caramels by Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
- Puff Pastry Ravioli Mince Pies by Food Lust People Love
- Mounds Brownie Cupcakes by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Hot Chocolate Pull Apart Bread by The Dutch
- Sugared Grape and Phyllo Tart by See Aimee Cook
- Taffy Tan Fudge by Mom’s Test Kitchen
- Double Chocolate Pecan Cookies by Cooking In Stilettos
- Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Bread by Liv Life
- White Chocolate Candy Cane Fudge by Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Devil’s Food Cake Cookies by Try Anything Once Culinary
- Cinnamon Whiskey Balls by Home Cooking Memories
- Pumpkin Chiffon Pie by Jen’s Favorite Cookies
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Truffles by Cupcakes and Kale Chips
- Candy Cane Blossoms by Like Mother Like Daughter
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