Date Walnut Filled Cookies are tender, pillows of caramel‑y cookie. These tasty cookies are moist and loaded with delicious, homemade date nut jam. They’re a nod to an old classic Christmas cookie, but with my own twist. The tender cookie dough is simple and basic with the caramel flavor we expect from dark brown sugar. And the jam will rock your world! So good!Print
For the Cookie Dough:
- ¾ cup butter
- 2 cups dark brown sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 3 ½ cups chopped dates (I weighed mine. They were 554g.)
- 1 ½ cup sugar
- 1 ½ cup water
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 cups chopped walnuts
- Cream the butter and brown sugar together. I used my *Bosch stand mixer, but these are easily made by hand, too.)
- Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
- Add the dry ingredients and mix until completely incorporated.
- Divide the dough in half and place each half of the dough in a gallon zip-top bag, press it down flat and refrigerate for 1 hour. You want the dough to be chilled enough that you will be able to roll it out.
- While the dough is chilling make the date nut jam filling. Put the dates, water, sugar and salt in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Reduce the heat and allow the jam to continue to boil, very gently, for 10–15 minutes. Remove from the heat when the date mixture becomes the consistency of soft jam.
- Stir in the chopped walnuts and set aside to cool to room temperature.
- When the dough is fully chilled, roll each half out into a ¼‑inch thick rectangle, (each rectangle will be 9x12) on a sheet of parchment paper.
- Spread one half of the cooled jam across each of the rectangles of cookie dough, spreading it to the edges.
- Working from the long edge, use the parchment paper to help you roll the dough and filling into a log. The log will be fairly big around, 3 ‑3.5 inches in diameter. Because the filling layer is thick, it will not be tight swirls like pinwheel cookies. Work from the long edge and tuck the dough into the jam as you get the roll started. Keep rolling, using the parchment to help you, tucking as you go to keep the roll being formed. In the end the roll will have a swirl of dough at the center, surrounded by jam and then dough encasing it all. It won’t form the tight pinwheel like the cookies from the past that had just a tiny thin ribbon of filling.
- Wrap and chill the logs for at least 6 hours.
- To bake, cut the logs into ⅓” slices and place on a cookie sheet leaving at least 2 inches in between, for spreading. (If you rotate the log a quarter turn after each slice you make, it will help the cookies stay round instead of going flat on one side.)
- Bake at 400° for 8–10 minutes. The cookie will be lightly browned around the edges, but still soft and tender.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the *baking sheet for 3 minutes, before removing to cooling racks.
- Prep Time: 2 hours
- Cook Time: 10 min
- Category: Desserts, Cookies
- Cuisine: American
I have a vague recollection of date nut pinwheel cookies from my childhood. They were mostly cookie, flavorless and hard, with a thin, thin, thin ribbon of date filling swirled round and round in the cookie. To get the pattern to work so nicely, the filling layer needed to be super thin. It looked cool, but the cookie’s flavor suffered.
I love dates and use them for sweetening desserts with no processed sugar at all. I make a carrot cake with zero processed sugar and zero grain that you would walk for days to get a bite of. Dates are the only sweetener and it’s phenomenal. Dates are definitely an underrated ingredient. They have a deep, rich caramel flavor and when you pair them with nuts, it really is something to celebrate! I hope you’ll give this recipe for Date Walnut Filled Cookies a try and discover the merits of this delicious fruit!
More Cookie Recipes from the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Event
Here are three more DELISH cookie recipes from our 12 Days of Christmas Cookies blogger event.
- Coconut Washboard Cookies, from Arlene, at Flour on My Face
- Slice and Bake Swirl Cookies, from Lois, at Walking on Sunshine Recipes
- Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies, from Lenny, at Fat Dad Foodie
And, if you’re looking for even more cookie recipes to add to your holiday repertoire, check out my recipe for these yummy Chocolate Crinkles.