Spiced Whole Wheat Date Spirals
These sweet, chewy cookies taste like date squares, only in cookie form.
Jan Feb 2014
From Julie Van Rosendaal
1 c. finely chopped dates
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. orange juice or water
1/4 c. butter, at room temperature
2/3 c. packed brown sugar
1 large egg
2 t. vanilla
3/4 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. salt
In a medium saucepan, combine the dates, sugar and orange juice. Bring the mixture to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes, or until thick and jam-like. Set aside to cool.
In a medium bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer for a minute, until well combined. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. In a small bowl, stir together the flours, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and allspice. Add to the sugar mixture and stir by hand just until you have a soft dough.
Roll the dough between two sheets of waxed or parchment paper into a 12-inch square. Place on a cookie sheet in the fridge for about 30 minutes or in the freezer for 15 minutes, until a bit firm.
Remove the dough from the fridge and peel off the top layer of waxed paper. Spread the dough evenly with the date filling, going right to the edges. Starting from a long edge, gently roll the dough into a log, peeling back the paper as you go. Wrap the log in waxed paper or plastic wrap and freeze it for 3 hours or up to 3 months.
When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F. Slice the log into 1/4-inch-thick slices and place an inch apart on a parchment-lined sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until pale golden. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.