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Date Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

Yields60 Servings

Pinwheels resting on a stool with milk

 4 cups sifted flour
 2 cups brown sugar
 ½ cup shortening
 ½ cup butter
 3 eggs
 1 tsp vanilla
 1 tsp cinnamon
 ½ tsp salt
 10 oz pitted dates
 1 cup pecans, chopped
 ½ cup sugar
 ½ cup water
Additional Items
 Stand or hand mixer
 Baking sheet
 Parchment or plastic wrap

Collect all the ingredients and a Handi-Foil cookie sheet

Image of all the ingredients for pinwheel cookies


Cream together shortening and butter in mixing bowl.

Creamy method for making pinwheel cookies


Add brown sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Beat well.

Mixing together ingredients for pinwheel cookies


Mix in dry ingredients.

Pinwheel Cookies cooking process with flour in a mixing bowl


Divide dough into two portions and set aside.

Pin wheel dough being mixed in a bowl


Chop dates and add to a medium cooking pot, along with the sugar and
water. Bring to a boil and simmer until thick. Remove from heat and allow
to cool.

Chopped dates witting on a Handi-Foil pan


Chop pecans and add to date mixture.


Roll one portion of dough into a rectangle 1/8” inch thick.

Rolling out the pinwheel dough


Spread half of the date mixture on the cookie dough.

Example of the how to make pinwheel cookie process


Roll from the short side into a log. Roll into parchment paper or plastic
wrap. Repeat with the other half of the dough and remaining date mixture.
Place both logs in the refrigerator overnight.

Pinwheel cookies wrapped in parchment being baked in the oven


Slice the cookie dough logs into 1/2” slices. Place on cookie sheet.

the cutting of pinwheel cookie dough into slices


Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes.

Uncooked pinwheel cookies resting on a baking sheet


Cool on wire racks.

Final photo of the pinwheel process



Pinwheel cookies resting on a slab of wood

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1

Servings 60