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Date-Nut Pinwheels

Dough -

  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, such as Crisco
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1-3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
    Preparation -
    Combine all the above ingredients and mix to form a dough. Wrap the dough in waxed paper or plastic wrap and refigerate for several hours or overnight.

    Filling -

  • 3/4 cup pitted dates - chopped fine
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
    Preparation -
    Mix the dates, sugar and water together in a saucepan & cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring contantly. Cool, then add the chopped pecans.

    Divide the chilled dough in half. Roll each piece into an 11" x 7" rectangle. Spread the date filling on the rolled out dough. Roll up jelly-roll style. Chill the rolls for at least 3 hours. Cut into 1/4" slices. Place the slices on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 400 for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

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