This recipe makes three rolls of dough, which can be frozen until ready to bake.
Original recipe makes 5 dozen
1 cup butter (at room temperature)
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
8 ounces dates, pitted and chopped
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
- Cream the butter and brown sugar together in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Sift the cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and flour together in a second mixing bowl. Slowly stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture until evenly blended.
- Divide the dough evenly into three portions and place each on a square of waxed paper. Wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, make the filling by combine the dates, pecans, water and white sugar in a saucepan set over low heat. Cook and stir until the filling has a paste-like consistency. Cool slightly.
- Working with one portion at a time, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to make a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Spread 1/3 of the filling evenly over the dough; roll up to make a log. Repeat the process with the remaining dough. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Lightly grease two baking sheets.
- Using a sharp, serrated knife, cut the rolls into 1/4 inch slices. Place the slices on prepared baking sheets.
- Bake in preheated oven until set and lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Cool on racks.
Calories: 123 kcal
Carbohydrates: 19.1 g
Cholesterol: 19 mg
Fat: 4.7 g
Fiber: 0.7 g
Protein: 1.6 g
Sodium: 48 mg