Sunday, December 14, 2008

Mama's Date Roll Cookie Recipe

A Christmas tradition in the home where I grew up was date roll cookies. They are my brother and husband's favorites, so now that my mother is no longer with us, I feel compelled to try to keep up the tradition.

These are refrigerator cookies, which means you put the rolls in the icebox or freezer, take them out when you need more, slice, bake, and eat. Though I make a double recipe, we rarely have any left in the freezer for later.

The thinner the slices, the browner and chewier they get. This is the way I like them. My brother and husband like them thicker and softer. I try to vary the thickness so we'll all be happy.

Date Roll Cookies

1 lb. pitted dates

1/2 C. sugar

1/2 C. water

Cut the dates, comgine sugar and water, and cook over low heat til mushy. Add a pinch of salt.

3 eggs beaten 1 C. sugar

4 C. flour 1 C. brown sugar

1 t. soda 1 C. oleo

1 t. salt 1 T. vanilla

1 T. cold water

Cream oleo, sugars, and beaten eggs. Sift flour, salt, and soda THREE TIMES, then add to oleo mixture. Add vanilla and cold water. Knead. Divide dough into parts and roll out on floured surface. Spread with date paste, roll up, pinch ends. Roll up into waxed paper, twist ends. Refrigerate until firm. Best if refrigerated overnight. Slice think, place on cookie sheet and bake in 375 degree oven until brown.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Merry Christmas!



  1. Oh my Lord! When I read the title of your blog my mouth watered. When my husband and I were first together, his mother made the date roll cookie. So good!! Thanks for reminding me!

  2. You're welcome. Now you'll have to bake some. Nothing better with a cup of coffee. Well, it's an even race between the cookies and the fruitcake.


  3. Yummy!! Wow, my mom would have loved this recipe.

    Thanks for sharing this, Linda!!


  4. Wonderful! reminds me of the recipes Mama made. I might have to try this one.

  5. Hi Chiron and Mary,

    Thanks for your comments. Mary, I hope you will give them a try.