Date Nut Pinwheel Cookies I Recipe

Ingredients
<br>- 1 ½ cups pitted dates
<br>- ¼ cup white sugar
<br>- 1 pinch salt
<br>- 1 ¼ cups water
<br>- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
<br>- 4 teaspoons lemon juice
<br>- ⅔ cup finely chopped walnuts
<br>- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
<br>- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
<br>- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
<br>- ¾ teaspoon salt
<br>- ¾ cup butter
<br>- ½ cup white sugar
<br>- 1 cup packed brown sugar
<br>- 2  eggs
<br>- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
<br><p></p>Directions
<br>step 1: Chop pitted dates in food chopper. Place dates into small saucepan and add 1/4 cup sugar, dash of salt, and 1 1/4 cups of water.  Cook, stirring constantly until mixture is of a soft consistency.  Remove from heat.
<br>step 2: Add  grated lemon rind,  lemon juice, and chopped nuts.  Mix well and chill.
<br>step 3: Cream together 3/4 cup butter and gradually add 1/2 cup white sugar and 1cup lightly packed brown sugar.  Beat well.  Beat 2 eggs until thick and add to creamed mixture part at a time, beating well after each addition.  Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla.
<br>step 4: Measure into a sifter 3 1/2 cups flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon of salt.  Sift together twice.   Sift dry ingredients into creamed mixture about 1/4 at a time.  Combine thoroughly after each addition.  Chill until firm.
<br>step 5: Divide dough into 3 parts.  Roll out 1 part at a time into a rectangle.  Spread with date filling.  Roll up jelly roll fashion in waxed paper.  Chill several hours.
<br>step 6: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
<br>step 7: With sharp knife, slice 1/4 inch thick slices off of rolls and place on greased cookie sheets.  Bake 10 - 13 minutes.  Let cool.
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Ingredients
- 1 ½ cups pitted dates
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 ¼ cups water
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 4 teaspoons lemon juice
- ⅔ cup finely chopped walnuts
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup butter
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions
step 1: Chop pitted dates in food chopper. Place dates into small saucepan and add 1/4 cup sugar, dash of salt, and 1 1/4 cups of water. Cook, stirring constantly until mixture is of a soft consistency. Remove from heat.
step 2: Add grated lemon rind, lemon juice, and chopped nuts. Mix well and chill.
step 3: Cream together 3/4 cup butter and gradually add 1/2 cup white sugar and 1cup lightly packed brown sugar. Beat well. Beat 2 eggs until thick and add to creamed mixture part at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla.
step 4: Measure into a sifter 3 1/2 cups flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, and 3/4 teaspoon of salt. Sift together twice. Sift dry ingredients into creamed mixture about 1/4 at a time. Combine thoroughly after each addition. Chill until firm.
step 5: Divide dough into 3 parts. Roll out 1 part at a time into a rectangle. Spread with date filling. Roll up jelly roll fashion in waxed paper. Chill several hours.
step 6: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
step 7: With sharp knife, slice 1/4 inch thick slices off of rolls and place on greased cookie sheets. Bake 10 - 13 minutes. Let cool.

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