Delight in the timeless allure of my Date Cookies. These delectable treats bring together the rich sweetness of dates, the crunch of walnuts, and a delicate pastry for a truly delightful confection. Your kitchen will be filled with the sweet aroma of anticipation as you prepare to enjoy these delicious, homemade delights.
Date paste cookies
As Tu BiShvat draws near, it's a good moment to consider creating a fruit-infused dessert to honor and enjoy during the holiday. My recipe for date roll cookies is definitely an easy and yummy option. The filling of the cookies is a date spread and chopped walnuts. Traditionally for Tu BiShvat, you want to use fruits of the 7 species (shivat haminim) so the date spread fits perfectly!
The cookies are parve – non dairy and are vegan too so it fits as a perfect dessert for people who are on the vegan diet.
The dough has a neutral vanilla flavor so it's not sweet and not savory. Actually there is no sugar in the cookies at all besides the powdered sugar for a garnish. The cookies are only sweet because of the date paste filling which makes them a bit healthier too.
The trick for this cookie dough is to use boiling water. When mixed with oil and flour, it creates a very easy to handle dough without cooling it in the fridge and letting the dough rest. This process makes the recipe quicker to whip up and as I mentioned already, it's nondairy dough. So it's even better than a dough made with butter that usually requires cooling time in the fridge.
Tips to help you make the best Date Nut Roll Cookies:
Prepare Your Ingredients in Advance
Before you start, measure and prepare all your ingredients. This will make the baking process smoother and prevent any last-minute surprises.
Roll Out Evenly
When rolling out the dough into a rectangle, try to make it as even as possible. This will ensure that the cookies bake uniformly and have a consistent texture.
Chop Walnuts Finely
Chopping the walnuts finely will help distribute their flavor and texture more evenly throughout the cookies.
Seal the Roll Well
When rolling the dough into a spiral, make sure to seal the edges well. This will prevent the filling from leaking out during baking.
Use a Sharp Knife
When making marks on the roll, use a sharp knife and make deep, clean cuts. This will help the inside of the roll bake evenly and create distinct individual cookies.
Cool Before Slicing
Allow the roll to cool at room temperature before slicing. This will make it easier to cut the cookies without them falling apart.
Sift the Powdered Sugar
When sprinkling powdered sugar on top, consider sifting it through a fine mesh sieve for a more even and attractive finish.
To keep the cookies fresh, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. You can also place a piece of parchment paper or wax paper between the layers to prevent them from sticking together.
Yes, you can experiment with different types of nuts according to your preference. While walnuts are commonly used, you can try pecans, almonds, or even a combination of nuts for added flavor and texture.
While the date spread is a key component of the recipe, you can substitute it with other fruit spreads like fig or apricot if you prefer. Keep in mind that the flavor will change accordingly.
Date roll cookies typically stay fresh for about a week when stored in an airtight container at room temperature. However, their texture may change slightly over time.
Yes, you can freeze the cookie dough before baking. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and store it in an airtight container. Baked cookies can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to three months.
If the dough is too sticky, you can add a little more flour, a tablespoon at a time, until it reaches a workable consistency. Be careful not to add too much flour, as it can make the dough too dry.
Yes, you can prepare the dough in advance and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours. Just make sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container. Allow it to come to room temperature before rolling it out.
Yes, you can add spices like cinnamon or a pinch of nutmeg to the dough for added flavor. You can also experiment with different extracts like almond or orange to enhance the taste.
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Bake these date cookies today!
Whether you're an experienced baker or a novice in the kitchen, these cookies are a joy to make. With a simple yet irresistible recipe that includes a luscious date spread, this classic creation will transport your taste buds to a world of warmth and comfort.
So, preheat your oven, gather your ingredients, and let's embark on a journey to create these mouthwatering Date Nut Roll Cookies.
Parve Date Roll Cookies
For the dough:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup boiling water
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla paste/extract
For the filling:
- ½ cup date spread
- Handful chopped walnuts
- Powdered sugar
- Set the oven to 180°C / 350°F with the fan.
- In a bowl, add all the dough ingredients.
- Mix well to create a unified dough.
- Roll the dough into a rectangle and spread the date spread evenly.
- Sprinkle the chopped walnuts on top.
- Roll the rectangle shape into a roll with a spiral.
- With a knife, make marks on the roll, make them deep to help the inside of the roll bake well.
- Transfer the roll to a baking pan.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes.
- Cool at room temperature.
- Sprinkle powdered sugar on top of the roll.
- Cut the roll according to the marks you made before into individual cookies.
- Have a cookie and enjoy!