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  1. Watch how to make these pinwheel cookies:
  2. Date & Nut Pinwheels Recipe

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

Date & Nut Pinwheels

3.75 from 12 votes
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 Time 25 mins
Cook Time 17 mins
Total Time 42 mins
Servings 30 cookies


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


  • 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.


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 122kcalCarbohydrates: 21.1gProtein: 1.4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.6gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 14.3mgSodium: 53.8mgPotassium: 84.1mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 13.7gVitamin A: 29.3IUVitamin C: 1.3mgCalcium: 15.3mgIron: 0.5mg
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Baking

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  1. 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 !!!❤️

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh I was shocked to see the video of this recipe. It’s my favorite cookie, my mom’s favorite, and was my grandmother’s favorite! I make it at Christmas every year and have never met anyone else who makes it. Those who receive it on my Christmas cookie platters have no idea what it is (I don’t even think some of them know what dates are). Your recipe is identical to my grandma’s except for the addition of the orange zest and juice. Grandma just used extra water in her filling. I feel like a traitor, but I like your version better. That little bit of orange flavor just takes it over the top. Sorry grandma… Thanks so much for introducing so many people to this classic and sooooo delicious cookie 🙂

  3. I watched your video 🙂 it was fabulous you are fabulous Thanks
    I have followed some of your other videos – you are so informative that even makes husband has made some

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