The tang of the orange and sweetness of the dates combine to produce a rich, wonderful cookie.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
48
Yield:
4 dozen
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine the dates, 1/4 cup sugar, a pinch of salt, orange juice and water. Cook, stirring frequently until the dates have softened. Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon orange zest and pecans. When mixture has cooled, process in a food processor or blender until pecans are finely ground. Set aside.

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  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and 3/4 teaspoon salt; set aside. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, 1/2 cup white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time then stir in the vanilla and 2 teaspoons orange zest. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients to form a smooth dough. Divide dough into thirds, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate until firm.

  • Roll each third of the dough out into a rectangle 1/4 inch in thickness. Spread 1/3 of the filling over each rectangle leaving a 1 inch strip of dough uncovered on one of the long sides. Starting at the edge opposite of the uncovered strip, roll the dough up jellyroll style and press lightly to seal. Wrap the rolls in waxed paper and refrigerate until firm.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. slice chilled rolls of dough into coins about 1/4 inch thick. Place slices 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly golden. Allow cookies to cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheets before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

114 calories; protein 1.5g 3% DV; carbohydrates 17.9g 6% DV; fat 4.3g 7% DV; cholesterol 15.4mg 5% DV; sodium 82mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (12)

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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2005
a little time consuming but I make them every year because they are just delicious! Read More
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14 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2005
a little time consuming but I make them every year because they are just delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2008
The best! After chilling the dough was VERY easy to roll out. I sliced only two of the logs (I put the third one in the freezer) and got 48 cookies. They taste and look terrific! Thank you:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2010
These cookies are absolutely wonderful. This is a recipe that my mom used to make when we were children. I remember helping her make these cookies. I used finely chopped pecans thus omitting having to use the food processor. I used 2 teaspoons of baking powder omitting the baking soda & reduced amount of salt to 1/4 teaspoon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2009
Great! A bit complicated but worth the work. I'll definitely make them again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2011
These cookies are soooo good almost addictive. I added 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg to the cookie dough portion. It made them extra wonderful. REMINDER The soft dough HAS to be REFRIGERATED BEFORE ROLLING. & AGAIN AFTER filling & rolling in order to slice easily. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/14/2010
I think this cookie flavor is good but they didn't look like they should. Maybe leaving an empty strip of dough on both sides of the roll could give a more "pinwheel" look? Oh and these cookies are great with coffee! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2014
Tasted wonderful. Due to high altitude I made some minor adjustments. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/09/2016
Went back and forth between this one and the Date Pinwheels II recipe but felt that one called for too much sugar. I was really worried when the dough seemed so heavy and hard to work with when I rolled it out after chilling it. Next time I will make more date filling as I would prefer more of the date taste. However these turned out great for a cookie exchange and made almost 5 dozen. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2012
This is my favorite cookie of all time! Made them tonight for the retirement home. I could not find my normal recipe so I used this one. Perfect! Mine are never perfectly round but they taste sooooo good! Read More