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Date Pinwheel Cookies

With a spiral of rich filing, these date pinwheel cookies are a holiday favorite!
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 d 1 hr 15 mins
Servings 48 cookies


Date Filling

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 1/4 cups chopped pitted dates

Cookie Dough

  • 1/2 cup margarine softened
  • 1/2 cup lard softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 cups flour


Date Filling

  • Combine water and sugar in saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until sugar is dissolved.
  • Stir in chopped dates and return to a simmer. Continue stirring until filling thickens. Remove from heat when most of the date pieces have broken down.
    Date Pinwheel Filling
  • Allow filling to cool, stirring occasionally. When filling has reached room temperature, cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours.

Cookie Dough

  • Cream margarine, lard and brown sugar with a mixer.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, incorporating into creamed mixture after each addition.
  • Sprinkle salt, baking soda and one cup of flour over batter and mix until fully incorporated. Add remaining flour, one cup at a time until well mixed.
  • Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours.

Rolling Pinwheels

  • Divide cookie dough in two equal parts. Return one half to the refrigerator and place the other half on a lightly floured surface and shape into an oval. Lift from the surface, brush a little more flour underneath and turn dough over.
    Date Pinwheel Cookie Shaping
  • Using a rolling pin, roll dough into a 9"x13"x1/2" rectangle.
    Date Pinwheel Cookie Dough Shaping
  • Spread half of the filing on the dough, stopping 1" away from one long side.
  • Starting on the opposite long side, gently lift and roll the dough into a spiral. Use the edge without filing to create a seal.
    Rolling Date Pinwheel Cookies
  • Wrap the roll in plastic wrap and place in the freezer.
  • Repeat with second half of dough and filling.
  • Freeze rolls overnight.

Cutting and Baking

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Remove one roll from the freezer. Cut in half and return one half to the freezer. Cut the remaining half into slices about 1/3" to 1/2" thick. Place on cookie sheets that have been lined with parchment paper, leaving at least one inch between cookies. Gently reshape into circles if necessary.
    Forming Date Pinwheel Cookies
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.


These cookies can be frozen. Place in resealable bags with parchment paper between the layers of cookies.
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