My grandma, Mary Stufflebeam, has made these every Christmas for as long as I can remember.

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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cream together shortening, 1 cup white sugar and 1 cup of brown sugar. Add eggs, vanilla and 1 tablespoon of water.

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  • Sift flour, soda, and saltTWICE and add to sugar mixture. Divide dough into 2 or 3 parts.

  • Cook dates, 1/2 cup white sugar and 1 cup water over low heat, stirring constantly until it becomes a smooth paste. Let cool.

  • Roll each section of dough into rectangles 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick.

  • Spread filling over rectangles and roll up like a jelly roll. Cover and chill dough until firm; 2 - 3 hours.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Slice dough 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

198.2 calories; 2.3 g protein; 34.4 g carbohydrates; 15.5 mg cholesterol; 107.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2006
Thank you SO much for posting this recipe. Martha Stewart had a very similar recipe in a magazine from years ago and I have been unable to find it until now. I always make very unique Christmas cookies to get the oohs and ahhs and this one really makes a pretty presentation. The cookie texture is delightful and the filling is absolutely delicious. I do add a 1 tsp. of lemon juice to the date mixture as I've seen with other date fillings although I'm not sure what it assists in doing. You don't taste the lemon. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/14/2007
These taste OK but think a better suited name would be Date Swirl Cookies. I was looking foward to the date rolls my Grandma used to make that were 1/4" tall round cookies that kept their shape after baking. These cooked down and flattened out like a regular cookie and wasn't really what I was expecting for a date roll. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2006
Thank you SO much for posting this recipe. Martha Stewart had a very similar recipe in a magazine from years ago and I have been unable to find it until now. I always make very unique Christmas cookies to get the oohs and ahhs and this one really makes a pretty presentation. The cookie texture is delightful and the filling is absolutely delicious. I do add a 1 tsp. of lemon juice to the date mixture as I've seen with other date fillings although I'm not sure what it assists in doing. You don't taste the lemon. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/14/2007
These taste OK but think a better suited name would be Date Swirl Cookies. I was looking foward to the date rolls my Grandma used to make that were 1/4" tall round cookies that kept their shape after baking. These cooked down and flattened out like a regular cookie and wasn't really what I was expecting for a date roll. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2013
I've made these many many times. My husband loves these cookies. I only get about 4 dozen out of this recipe but we like thicker cookies. I use butter-flavored shortening sticks when I make it and I think these taste great! They are a big hit even with people that don't care for dates. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2007
These are really really good! Very light very tasty. I follow it exactly and they turn out well every time. Read More