Monday, July 11, 2011

The Monday Recipe Blog

It's another wonderful Monday!  Time for another wonderful recipe!

This blog features Lois Elaine Mueller's recipes every Monday. Lois' heyday was in the 1950's and 1960's, and her children swear she was the best cook that ever lived. Many baby boomers will remember these mouth-watering recipes, and these dishes are just as tasty today as they were in the sixties.

People were in love with dates during the 1950's and '60's.  By dates I mean those big, tasty, prune-type things that often appeared in Christmas fruit cakes.  Dates are actually very healthy for you, and this is a good way to make your cookies a little better for you and your family. I haven't made these cookies, but I plan to - they sound great!

Lois Elaine's Date Pinwheel Cookies:

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. light-brown sugar, packed
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 t. vanilla
1 egg
2 c. sifted flour
dash of salt
1/4 t. baking soda
7 1/4 oz. pkg pitted dates
1 c. chopped nuts

Filling:  Cut dates in small pieces and bring to a boil with 1/4 c. of the white sugar, a dash of salt and 1/3 c. water. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often, then add the nuts and cool.

Cream the butter, add brown sugar, the 1/2 c. white sugar, vanilla and egg. Beat well. Add the dry ingredients and chill.  Halve the dough; roll each half on floured wax paper, into a 9x12" rectangle. Spread with filling, roll up tightly from the end.  Wrap in the wax paper. Chill overnight. Slice 1/8 inch thick and bake on a lightly greased baking sheet at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

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