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Refrigerator Date Pinwheels

Clara Ward
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  • 1 package chopped dates
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups brown sugar packed
  • 3 eggs well beaten
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon soda


  • Combine the chopped dates, sugar and water in a saucepan and cook
  • over low heat until thick, about ten minutes.
  • Cool and add 1 cup pecans. This is the filling mixture.
  • Cream the shortening and brown sugar. Gradually add the well beaten eggs. Add the flour, salt and soda. Mix well. Chill thoroughly.
  • Divide the dough into four parts and roll out separately onto a rectangle on a sheet of floured waxed paper. Spread some of the filling onto dough and roll up as for a jelly roll. Chill several hours or overnight.
  • Cut into 1/2 to 1/4 inch slices and bake on a greased cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees.
  • You do not have to bake them all the same day. Sometimes I freeze a roll or two. Be sure to thaw well before slicing!!


Mrs. Schultz-- My friend Carol’s mother. She was also my homemaking teacher in Junior High. She started Carol and I. making cookies when I was in the first grade. Carol and I made a lot of messes in Mrs. Schultz’s kitchen!!!"
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