As we were driving I saw many dates hanging from the date palm trees. That got us reminiscing about date nut pinwheels that our mothers used to make.
When I was a kid I hated those things. They did not seem at all like a cookie to me. But somewhere along the growing up years I have come to enjoy them.
Wish I had some now.
Dates hanging on the trees
Date Nut Pinwheels
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 package (16 ounces) whole pitted dates
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Sift together flour and baking soda. In a bowl, cream shortening and sugars. Add eggs; blend well. Add the flour mixture and beat until well mixed. Chill for 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.
Meanwhile, for filling, place dates, sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook until dates are tender and most of the water has evaporated. Stir in nuts; cool.
Divide dough into three portions. Between pieces of waxed paper, roll each portion into a 12-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Spread 1/3 of the filling over each. Roll up from one of the long sides. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Dough may be kept in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Slice dough into 1/3-in. cookies.
Place on greased baking sheets and bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 9 dozen.