Date Swirls Cookies


'My 3-year-old granddaughter nicknamed my mother 'Cookie Grandma' because she made wonderful cookies,' shares Donna Grace of Clancy, Montana. 'Mom made these crisp and chewy cookies every Christmas.'

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
24 servings



  • 2 cups chopped dates

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup chopped nuts

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice


  • 1 cup butter or margarine

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda


  1. In a saucepan, combine filling ingredients. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture becomes stiff, about 15-20 minutes. Chill.

  2. For dough, cream butter and sugars in a mixing bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add extract. Combine flour, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Chill for at least 1 hour.

  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out half of the dough to a 12-in. x 9-in. rectangle, about 1/4-in. thick. Spread with half of the filling. Roll up, starting with the long end. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Wrap with plastic wrap; chill overnight.

  4. Cut rolls into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.