Date Nut Pinwheels
|Dates||1 Pound, chopped|
|Granulated sugar||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Water||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Pecans||1 Cup (16 tbs), chopped|
|Shortening||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Packed brown sugar||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|All purpose flour||4 Cup (64 tbs)|
|Baking soda||1⁄2 Teaspoon|
Combine the dates, granulated sugar, and water in a heavy saucepan.
Cook over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, or until thickened.
Remove from heat and cool; then stir in the pecans.
Cream the shortening with the brown sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Sift the flour with the salt and baking soda.
Add to the egg mixture; mix well.
Chill the dough thoroughly.
Divide the dough in half.
Roll out one part at a time on a well-floured board into a rectangle to a thickness slightly less than 1/4 inch.
Spread evenly to the edges with half the date-nut mixture.
Roll up from the long side as for a jelly roll.
Wrap in waxed paper and chill overnight.
When ready to bake, cut the rolls into slices slightly less than 1/4 inch thick, using a thin, sharp knife.
Place about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet.Bake in a 400° oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly browned.