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Date Swirl Cookies

 Date Swirl Cookies
"My 3-year-old granddaughter nicknamed my mother 'Cookie Grandma' because she made wonderful cookies," shares Donna Grace of Clancy, Montana. "Mom made these crisp and chewy cookies every Christmas."
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • FILLING:
  • 2 cups chopped dates
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • DOUGH:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Lemon Extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

Directions

  • In a saucepan, combine filling ingredients. Cook over medium-low
  • heat, stirring constantly, until mixture becomes stiff, about 15-20
  • minutes. Chill.
  • For dough, cream butter and sugars in a bowl. Add eggs, one at a
  • time, beating well after each addition. Add extract. Combine flour,
  • salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Chill for at least 1 hour.

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Date Swirl Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out half of the dough to a 12-in.
  • x 9-in. rectangle, about 1/4-in. thick. Spread with half of the
  • filling. Roll up, starting with the long end. Repeat with remaining
  • dough and filling. Wrap with plastic wrap; chill overnight.
  • Cut rolls into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking
  • sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Cool on wire racks. Yield: 4 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 324 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 227 mg sodium, 53 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.