Making Date Swirls While in Labor: Family Recipe Friday

09 March 2012 8:00 AM Posted by Brenda L.
 The cooked filling for date swirls.
Cooling and waiting to be eaten.

One of my favorite home baked cookies is Date Swirls.  I remember my mother making these.  My favorite memory of my making them is the day my daughter, Kirsten, was born.  I had put the cookies in the refrigerator the night before.  I went into labor about 4:30 a.m the next morning and I had to bake my cookies before I went to the hospital!  So, I baked them.  My husband couldn't believe it as my contractions were five minutes apart.  No worries, I didn't deliver Kirsten until about 10 hours later.  They are great eaten while they are still warm.  MMMMMM!  Enjoy!

Date Swirls

1/2 lb. of dates
1t. lemon juice
1/3 c. water
1/4 c. sugar
Cook together five minutes.  Remove from heat and add 1/2c. chopped nuts.  Let cool.

1/2 c. oleo (margarine)
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt

Combine ingredients.  Beat well.  Roll dough about 1/4"thick.  Spread dough with cooled date nut mixture.  Roll up like a jelly roll.  Wrap in wax paper.  Leave in refrigerator overnight.  Slice and bake at 350 degrees, until lightly browned on bottom about 12 minutes.

5 Response to "Making Date Swirls While in Labor: Family Recipe Friday"

  1. Miss Dazey Says:

    The good news is one doesn't have to be pregnant to eat these cookies. I've never made these, have eaten them. Thanks for sharing recipe.

  2. Brenda Leyndyke Says:

    Thanks, Miss Dazey, Thankfully, I wasn't pregnant the last time I made them, in December!

  3. Cheryl Cayemberg Says:

    Brenda, you make me laugh! No time for labor now, dear, I've got to make my cookies! :)

  4. Kirsten Says:

    ...and Kirsten's had a crazy sweet tooth ever since.

  5. Brenda Leyndyke Says:

    Cheryl, I don't remember who ate them but they got made!

    Kirsten, you get that from your dad :)

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