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Date Pinwheel Cookies

If a recipe wins a contest, it must be pretty good and worth clipping, right?  While dates and figs weren’t staples in Mom’s 1960 kitchen, they were likely used earlier in her married life or in her family’s home in Germany.  I’ve tasted really good cookies like this when I lived in McPherson, made by one of my Mennonite sorority sisters.  Her heritage was from the Russian Mennonites that migrated to Kansas and helped make us the #1 in wheat production when they brought Turkey Red Wheat with them.

I wonder if the $5 was what prompted Mrs. Mordue to enter her recipe or just the fun and competition.  In 2012 dollars, $5 would have a value of about $39…..a nice reward or gift but probably not like lottery winnings.


Mrs. Charles Mordue, of Cainsville, Ontario, sent her recipe for cookies which earned her $5.  Here it is:

Date Pin Wheel Cookies

Cookie dough:
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups flour

1/2 pound dates (chopped)
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup chopped nuts, cooked for a few minutes.

Roll out cookie mixture and spread with filling.  Roll up and chill in refrigerator a few hours.  Then slice and bake at 400 degrees F. 10 to 12 minutes.



One response »

  1. I’m so glad I found your site and recipe for Date Pinwheel Cookies. I lost my grandmother’s recipe for these. This one sounds exactly like hers. We don’t know where she got it from, and we don’t know much about our family history. She was an awesome cook!! I spent many hours in the kitchen with her… many times licking spoons 🙂

    Thanks again!!


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