Date & Nut Pinwheel Cookies

Just a few more days until Christmas…can you believe it? If you are anything like me, the time has gone too fast! Each year I seem to have more I want to do before Christmas and every year seems to give less time to do it all! But do not worry – I extend my season well into the New Year (even though the marketers do not).

Here is one last hurrah of my favorite Christmas cookie that is truly a staple, at least in my family. It’s one of those treats we must make every year for it to feel like Christmas. All my treats and candies are given as gifts and used at my parties throughout the season, adorning plates and perched on our tables, looking about as pretty as they are delicious!

Date nut pinwheel cookies stacked against one another sitting on cooling rack with wood board and white bowl in background

These date and nut pinwheels are perfectly light, simple, and utterly delicious.

I hope this cookie warms your home and brightens your plate of Christmas goodies. Bring a neighbor or loved one a smile with your baked wonders. What a wonderful way to let someone know you’re thinking of them and wishing them a joyous season!

Happy baking!

Top down view of close up golden rolled cookie filled with date mixture and dotted with walnuts sitting on cooling rack with other cookies
Top down view of entire rack of pinwheel cookies sitting on white surface with wood board and unpitted dates in white bowl

Watch how to make these pinwheel cookies:

Top down view of pinwheel cookies filled with dates and walnuts sitting on wire cooling rack after coming out of the oven
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3.45 from 9 votes

Date & Nut Pinwheels

These rolled cookies not only are delicious but are fun to look at too! With old-time flavors, these date and nut pinwheel cookies are the perfect refrigerator cookie for the holidays!
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time17 minutes
Total Time42 minutes
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas, cookie, date, holiday, homemade cookies, nuts
Difficulty: Intermediate
Method: Baking
Servings: 30 cookies
Author: Kaleb

Ingredients

For the filling

  • ½ lb pitted dates
  • cup water
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup chopped, toasted walnuts

For the cookies

  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda

Instructions

  • Chop the pitted dates into small pieces. Put dates in a saucepan along with the water, maple syrup, orange zest, and orange juice. Lightly boil for five minutes until the mixture is thick. Remove from heat and set aside to cool to room temperature. Once cool, stir in chopped walnuts.
  • In a mixer, combine the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. Mix on medium until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Add one egg and mix to combine, 1 minute.
  • To the mixer, add the flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix until no dry streaks remain, 1-2 minutes. Put pastry dough in the refrigerator and chill slightly, minimum 1 hour.
  • Roll out dough on floured parchment paper to a roughly 12×14-inch rectangle. 
  • Spoon the cooked and cooled date mixture on top of the dough. Spread evenly to all edges.
  • Use the parchment paper to slowly lift the dough and date mixture, rolling it like a jelly roll. Once rolled, place in the refrigerator until well chilled, 4-6 hours (or overnight).
  • Cut chilled dough into ¼-inch pieces with a sharp knife and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes at 375°F until golden.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 cookieCalories: 122 kcal (6%)Carbohydrates: 21.1 g (7%)Protein: 1.4 g (3%)Fat: 4 g (6%)Saturated Fat: 2 g (13%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.6 gMonounsaturated Fat: 1 gTrans Fat: 0 gCholesterol: 14.3 mg (5%)Sodium: 53.8 mg (2%)Potassium: 84.1 mg (2%)Fiber: 0.8 g (3%)Sugar: 13.7 g (15%)Vitamin A: 29.3 IU (1%)Vitamin C: 1.3 mg (2%)Calcium: 15.3 mg (2%)Iron: 0.5 mg (3%)

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  • I just love your enthusiasm for sharing your vintage recipes- I remember eating cookies my grandma made that looked just like these- like 50 years ago!!! Thank you sharing your family recipes – they are bringing up memories for me from long, long ago!

  • 5 stars
    I made these cookies last night and am baking them this morning. My dough was drier than yours and kept falling apart. What should I do next time to make the dough less dry? I did try to add a little water, but that didn’t help much.

  • I was fortunate enough to bump into you on Facebook. I absolutely love your posts and your dreamy Kitchen (so jealous!) anyway, I tried this recipe and these cookies are the bomb, so good, they will be a Christmas tradition from now on! Thanks for sharing

  • 5 stars
    My mom used to bake these cookies every Christmas and I lost her recipe. These were one of mine and my dads favorite cookies. I have lost both of my parents so listening to you talk about your family is so refreshing. I’m so glad I found your site because you bake a lot of the old time cookies that I remember from my childhood which was over sixty years ago.
    I love hearing your stories about your grandmother and what she loved, and for the holidays, just brings back so many memories. Thank you for sharing your home, your memories, and your recipes.

  • OMG!!! This cookie has been a staple in my husband’s family for over 45 years and my sister-in-law is the only one that makes them. We all love her pinwheels and ask for them every Christmas. It is wonderful to have you demonstrate how to make them. You made it look easy. I love your cooking and decorating videos and look forward to every one you do. Keep them coming !!!❤️