Watkins Date Pinwheels

Watkins’ commitment to using only the highest quality, purest ingredients has been unwavering since 1868.  This hold true for all J. R. Watkins products, but is especially undeniable when it comes to their signature Vanilla Extracts.  Watkins has been able to produce the best quality vanilla in the world for over 100 years because they don’t cut corners or make compromises.

Watkins Date Pinwheels11oz pure vanilla

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups packed brown sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon Watkins Vanilla Extract

4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda


2-1/2 cups chopped dates

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 cup finely chopped pecans

In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide into four portions. Refrigerate until chilled.

In a large saucepan, bring the dates, sugar and water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook until mixture is thickened, about 15 minutes. Cool completely. Stir in pecans.

On a baking sheet, roll out each portion of dough between two sheets of waxed paper into a 12-in. x 9-in. rectangle. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Remove waxed paper; spread with date mixture. Tightly roll up each portion jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.

Unwrap and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature, or freeze for up to 3 months. Yield: 16 dozen.

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