Crisp and chewy date swirl cookies

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Indulge in the irresistible charm of forgotten classics with these delightful crisp and chewy date swirl cookies.

Prepare to be enchanted by these timeless treats that deserve a prominent place on your coveted ‘to bake’ list.

With their luscious filling boasting the perfect blend of chopped dates, sugar, nuts, and a touch of lemon juice, these cookies promise a symphony of flavours in every bite. The heavenly aroma will waft through your kitchen, setting the stage for a baking experience like no other.

With each bite, the irresistible combination of textures and flavours unfolds, transporting you to a bygone era where cherished classics are lovingly celebrated.

Share these date swirl cookies with loved ones, savouring the joy they bring and creating new memories to treasure for years to come.

Makes 48



  • 2 cups dates, chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup nuts, chopped
  • 2 tsp lemon juice


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda


  1. In a saucepan, combine filling ingredients. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture becomes stiff, 15-20 minutes. Chill.
  2. For dough, cream butter and sugars in a bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add extract. Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a separate bowl, then gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Chill for at least 1 hour.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out half of the dough to a 30cm x 23cm rectangle, about a half-centimetre thick. Spread with half of the filling. Roll up, starting with the long end. Repeat with remaining dough and filling. Wrap in plastic; chill overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 190C. Cut roll into half-centimetre slices. Place 5cm apart on a greased baking tray and bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  5. Allow cookies to cool on wire racks before serving.

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