Date Pinwheel Cookies Recipe

My mother made this Date Pinwheel Cookies every Christmas season when I was young.  I have always loved these cookies and I still do!  I also love dates!



Date Pinwheel Cookies Recipe:
Prep Time
1 hr 50 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
1 hr 58 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Date Pinwheel Cookies Recipe
Servings: 4 dozen cookies
Date Pinwheel Cookies:
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup (lightly-packed) brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg
  • 4 cups all-purposeflour flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
Date Filling:
  • 16 ounces dates, pitted and chopped
  • 2/3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped*
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Lightly grease Cookie Sheets or line with Silicone Baking Mats.

  2. Prepare Date Filling; keep lukewarm and set aside.

  3. In a large mixing bowl, using your kitchen mixer on medium speed, combine butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until creamy.  Add eggs and beat until mixture is smooth and light yellow in color.

  4. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, salt, and baking soda together.  Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, a little at a time until the mixture is creamy.

  5. On a lightly floured surface and using a lightly-floured rolling pin, roll the dough into an oblong shape approximately 9x13-inches or larger (dough should be about 1/8-inch thick).  If you have refrigerated the dough, bring to room temperature before rolling.  Carefully spread the warm Date Filling onto the top of the dough.  Try to cover the entire surface, especially out to the edges.  Starting with the long side, roll the dough up into a long tube shape. Wrap the tube of dough in wax paper or plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours, until firm.

  6. When ready to bake, remove chilled dough from the refrigerator and, using a sharp knife (I found that my serrated bread knife works the best), cut into 1/4-inch cookie slices.  

  7. Place cookie slices on prepared cookie sheets about 1-inch apart and bake approximately 7 to 10 minutes, until light golden brown.  

  8. Remove from oven and remove from cookie sheet onto wire cooling racks.  Note: In between baking, extra dough should be returned to the refrigerator to stay firm.  Also, dipping the knife in flour can make slicing the dough smoother. 

  9. Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies.

Date Filling:
  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, add chopped dates, water, sugar, and walnuts; cook until sugar is melted and mixture is hot.  Remove from heat and let stand until mixture cools until lukewarm before spreading on the dough.

Recipe Notes

* You may substitute your favorite nuts



More Delicious Date Cookies:

Date Nut Bars
We used to sneak these treats off the tray when we were kids.  Well, at least we thought we were sneaking them, but my Mother probably knew all along.

Date Squares – Matrimonial Bars
Attention date lovers! You will absolutely love these date squares – I do!

Orange Date Nut Bars
These cookies are a very chewy and delicious cookies.  Makes a great Christmas cookie.

Oatmeal Date Squares
This recipe is an old family recipe.  It is delicious and one of my favorite bars.




Comments and Reviews

3 Responses to “Date Pinwheel Cookies Recipe”


    Date Pinwheel were so good! I added dry cherries also. Was not hard to make.

  2. Colleen Harris

    They have a great flavor but they were a bit dry. I’m hoping that by resting them in a tin overnight they will moisten up. Its likely an altitude and kitchen humidity factor.

  3. Paula

    Very tasty! My dough did crack a bit when rolling. Any suggestions s?


Leave a Reply