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Walnut Date Swirl Cookies

 Walnut Date Swirl Cookies
Deliciously old-fashioned, these chewy treats have been a tradition in our family for 60 years. The recipe earned me a ribbon at the county fair and is a full-flavored winner anytime.
24 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch


  • 1-1/2 cups pitted dates, chopped
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • In a large saucepan, combine the dates, 1/4 cup sugar, water, nuts
  • and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick,
  • about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, and remaining sugar
  • until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking soda
  • and salt; gradually stir into creamed mixture and mix well. Chill
  • for 30 minutes.
  • Roll dough on a lightly floured surface to a 1/4-in.-thick rectangle.
  • Spread with date mixture; roll up jelly-roll style, starting at a
  • long end. Wrap with waxed paper. Chill for at least 4 hours.
  • Remove waxed paper. Cut into 1/8-in. to 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in.

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Walnut Date Swirl Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 8 minutes. Cool
  • on a wire rack. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 154 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 19 mg cholesterol, 100 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.