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Date Swirl Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch


4 dozen

My granddaughter nicknamed my mother Cookie Grandma because she made wonderful cookie—including these crisp and chewy treats. —Donna Grace, Clancy, Montana
Date Swirl Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 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 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda


  1. In a saucepan, combine filling ingredients. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture becomes stiff, 15-20 minutes. Chill.
  2. 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.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out half of the dough to a 12x9-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 in plastic; chill overnight.
  4. 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.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 160 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 105mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • wendy
    Dec 27, 2020

    These cookies are wonderful. Not so easy to make, but worth the effort. Will make again. Found myself slicing the dough with floss...made the job a lot easier. But still messy. Would rewarm these in the toaster over for a minute.....they taste so yummy warm.

  • maya
    Jun 14, 2020

    very delicious! but I would recommend adding a cup more of flour if you're making this vegan and using applesauce for the butter, since the applesauce will made it more runny and it was sticking to my rolling pin. I would also recommend adding jam to the filling mixture, to make it more spreadable, since mine was clumpy

  • _nlfPA
    Oct 30, 2018

    These are my husband's favorite Christmas cookie. They do not last long after he has found them!

  • redcow
    Nov 24, 2017

    I found the dough hard to work with and that was after I added at least 1/2 extra cup of flour while mixing up the dough. I chilled dough overnight and still was sticky so I had to heavily flour my work surface and work some more flour into the dough. My bag of chopped dates was only 12 oz. so I ran out of the date filling. I finished up by spreading on my homemade raspberry jam, which I liked better than the date filling. My date filling was very stiff and hard to spread. Another time I would make 3 rolls for easier handling.

  • nrctermite
    Nov 21, 2017

    These are delicious!

  • 2124arizona
    May 8, 2017

    This is out of the first year of TOH and it's still one of my favorites! It's old-fashioned good!!

  • Suzye555
    Apr 8, 2014

    These cookies are the best. My Grandmother made them at Christmas, then my Mother made them at Christmas and, of course, now I make them for Christmas. My family loves them, reminds us of Grandma. This is her same recipe. When rolling them out, I use wax paper and flour it then roll out. After spreading the filling, I use the wax paper to help roll then wrap the same wax paper around the cookie roll and twist ends and freeze. Cut best after frozen as they do not freeze hard. Best to make ahead and just bake when you need them. Best cookie ever.

  • Bakeandrun
    Dec 13, 2013

    My husband's favorite, I used pitted dates and rough chopped them.

  • nickolina1940
    Dec 2, 2010

    You must have read my mind. I have been thinking "I wonder where moms recipe for date swirl cookies are"? I couldn't find it so I will try these! I remember she always baked them for Christmas also. I can smell them baking now!

  • nyholm
    Dec 2, 2010

    The work involved just didn't = the YUM factor scale on these.