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Grandma’s date pinwheels is a cherished heirloom recipe the entire family love! and well worth the effort! Take the stress out of the holiday by preparing this batter in early November, when you’re relaxed and in a baking mood, and then freeze. When the holidays are upon you, these spirals will be ready for baking, taking only a few minutes to fill your kitchen with a delectable aroma! Impressive to look at & yummy to taste, Date Pinwheels are a healthier choice filled with dates, walnuts, Smart Balance and TLC from your heart!

Recipe Ingredients

2 1/4 Cups of chopped pitted dates
1 Cup granulated sugar
1 Cup water
1 Cup chopped Walnuts
Cookie dough:
1 Cup Smart Balance Original Butter Spread
2 Cups brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten well
4 Cups sifted flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Recipe Steps

Spiral filling:
Combine chopped dates, granulated sugar and water in a saucepan and cook over low heat until thick, about 10 minutes.

Add nutmeats and cool.

Meanwhile, prepare cookie dough:
Cream the Smart Balance Original Buttery Spread and brown sugar in electric mixer.

Add the well beaten eggs to creamed mixture and beat well.

Sift the remaining dry ingredients together.

Add dry ingredients gradually to the creamed mixture and mix well.

Chill thoroughly.

Divide chilled mixture into two parts and roll each out separately on a lightly floured surface to form a large rectangle, a little less than 1/4″ thick.

Spread each rectangle with some of the date filling. Gently warm filling, if need be, to spread it.

Roll up as jelly roll, into 2 long rolls. Once rolled, set a piece of wax paper along the length of the roll and roll it back onto the waxed paper. You can then easily move the roll to a narrow cookie sheet for chilling or freezing. If you want, you can cut the rolls in half to move more easily also.

Chill thoroughly, overnight if you can. Preferably, freeze overnight. You can make this cookie up months in advance, freeze and then bake as needed for the holidays!

Cut with a sharp knife into slices about 1/4″ thick. Frozen rolls cut more easily than chilled. Rotate the roll while cutting to keep nice oval shapes. Return roll to freezer while each batch bakes.

Bake on a cool, ungreased cookie sheet in a moderate oven of 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. For quick and easy clean up, bake on parchment paper covering the cookie tray!

Remove cookies from tray immediately, making sure t0 remove any date filling left on the ungreased tray during removal. Store in a tightly sealed container.

Nutrition Facts

5 dozen +
[Smart Balance addition] – Smart Balance estimates the following nutritional content for this user-created recipe:
Nutrients per serving
Calories 127 kcal
Fat 4 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Poly Fat 2 g
Mono Fat 1 g
Trans Fatty Acid 0 g
Cholesterol 9 mg
Sodium 60 mg
Carbohydrates 22 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 2 g