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Date Swirl Cookies Recipe

Date Swirl Cookies Recipe

"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."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. YIELD:24 servings


  • 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
  • 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, about 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 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; 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. Yield: 4 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 324 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 227mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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2124arizona User ID: 845443 265757
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7755242 198387
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6385873 1443
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2013

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

nickolina1940 User ID: 1207792 1074
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3835713 1739
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

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

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