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Old-Fashioned Heritage Rolled Pinwheel Cookies With Dates and Nuts

I grew up watching and helping my mother make homemade cookies. They were always in our school lunch boxes. Here, I share some family faves.

Rolled Date Nut Cookies

Rolled Date Nut Cookies

Sweet Treats

This is another old-fashioned cookie coming from a file that my mother had kept. The recipe originates back to some saved recipes from her mother, my beloved grandma.

Most of them are jotted down on scraps of paper and are handwritten. Many of them contain only the list of ingredients and assume the person making the recipe would know how to proceed.

In some cases, the paper scraps are crumbling, and amounts can no longer be determined. The ones that are spattered the most were probably family favorites and attest to them being often handled and used as a reference when baking or cooking.

As I try out some of these recipes and share them online, it is with a nod to saving some of the rich heritage of these treats, as well as trying to preserve some of the flavors from the past. This endevaor has become a personal journey of discovery and remembrance.

Ingredients for Rolled Date Cookies

  • 1 cup shortening, (I used Crisco)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups dates
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup nut meats, ground
Gathering ingredients for these rolled date nut cookies

Gathering ingredients for these rolled date nut cookies

Instructions for Making the Rolled Date Cookies

  1. Beat together the shortening, brown sugar, and eggs until smooth.
  2. Add the cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and flour to the mixture, and blend until well combined.
  3. Chill the dough in refrigerator until well chilled.
  4. When the dough is chilled, prepare the date/nut paste.
  5. Put the dates, granulated sugar, water, and ground nuts into a saucepan on top of the stove and bring to a boil. Reduce while stirring until the mixture turns into a thick paste. Cool slightly.
  6. Divide the dough into three or more parts and roll out onto a well-floured board to about a 1/4 inch thickness or a little less. Try to make the edges of the rolled out dough come out even and squared.
  7. Spread the date/nut mixture onto the dough and roll the dough jellyroll fashion, crimping the edges together.
  8. Continue until all of the dough and date/nut paste is used up.
  9. Chill overnight. (I put the rolls onto waxed paper and even stacked them on top of each other with waxed paper in between.)
  10. The next day, when ready to bake, cut the rolls into approximately 1/4 inch slices and put onto a greased cookie sheet.
  11. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes or until browned. (The hand-written recipe called for 12 to 15 minutes, but with our oven, I found that to be too much time. So be your own judge, and watch your oven time on your first batch of cookies, and let that be your guide.)
  12. Cool on a wire rack.
Slicing the cookie rolls prior to baking

Slicing the cookie rolls prior to baking

Rolled date nut cookies being cooled on wire rack.

Rolled date nut cookies being cooled on wire rack.

This old fashioned cookie recipe makes a large batch of cookies depending upon how you roll them. The way I made them amounted to slightly over 11 dozen cookies that were an inch to an inch and a half in size.

If you want larger cookies, and you have rolled out a rectangular size cookie batter as I did (refer to the photos above) then just start rolling them from the smallest sized edge towards the other. Your cookie will end up being a much larger cookie than if you start rolling it from the largest margin across.

I used chopped nuts instead of ground nuts. While good...the next time I bake these cookies, I will use ground nuts as the recipe called for, because it will be easier to slice the cookies prior to baking if the nuts are smaller.

These cookies taste even better over time! They freeze well.

If your family likes sweet treats that have some nutritional value, the dates and nuts add some wholesome goodness to this old fashioned cookie recipe that dates back to my grandmother's time.

With my German heritage coming from my mother's side of the family, no meal was complete without some type of sweet treat to finish it off. Lunch boxes typically had some cookies packaged up in waxed paper along with a sandwich, piece of fruit, and thermos of milk. Desserts after dinner often included a slice of homemade pie, cake, or more cookies.

Thus baking this old fashioned heritage cookie brings back some fond memories of the good old days. I hope that you enjoy this family recipe of mine. While it takes some time to complete, because of the time factored in for the chilling of the dough, it is worth it in the end!

I wish that I could share a couple of these delicious cookies with you right now!

Cup of coffee with cookies on my grandparent's china

Cup of coffee with cookies on my grandparent's china

Please Rate These Rolled Date Nut Cookies. Thanks!

Ready for some baking?

Ready for some baking?

© 2012 Peggy Woods

Comments are most welcome!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 26, 2020:

Hi Jim,

So happy that reading this brought back memories of baking with your grandmother. A bit of vanilla is always a good flavor enhancement.

Jim on January 26, 2020:

Hi Peggy,

These cookies are just like I used to help my grandmother make. The handwritten recipe even looks like my grandmother's handwriting! One difference, we had vanilla in the dough and in the filling

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 03, 2020:

Hi Paula,

Most of my relatives are also gone now, but when I follow their recipes it makes me think of the times we shared. I see that you also enjoy your family recipes in the same way. Nice!

Suzie from Carson City on January 03, 2020:

Peggy....First of all these cookies (sound) and look Yummy! Are you really happy now that you're going to make a happy, lazy retired woman, BAKE? LOL

I must share with you how the collection of prized recipes I have from my Mom, Aunts & sister (who are sadly, all gone from us now) mean the world to me...and I do use them often as I think of these special people and miss them......

I guess our tears go into these recipes....but that's OK. Peace, Paula

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 03, 2020:

Hi Audrey,

That is a nice thing to say. She was much beloved by everyone who knew her, and she was an excellent cook and baker. I hope that you enjoy these cookies of hers.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on January 02, 2020:

Your grandmother must be smiling from heaven. I imagine her face, peeking at her own hand-written recipe and knowing that other people are going to use her recipe.

Recipes from the past are unique and utterly delicious. Thank you, Peggy, for sharing the instructions for making these cookies.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 12, 2019:

Hi Rebecca,

Like you, I love trying old recipes from the past. Many of them are so good. Hopefully you will enjoy my grandmother's rolled date cookie recipe as much as we do. Thanks for the shares.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 11, 2019:

Old recipes are the best! I love dates at Christmas. I have a date cookie recipe I like but just may have to replace ti this year with this one. I love how you included your grandmother's handwritten recipe. Pinned and shared

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 26, 2018:

Hi Chitrangada,

Thanks for the Christmas greetings. I hope that you had a good time and that your new year ahead is filled with much happiness, good health, and the making of some great memories. I am glad that you like the sound of this old-fashioned cookie recipe.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 25, 2018:

These pinwheel cookies look delicious and easy to make. I would definitely try this. Thanks for sharing the instructions and helpful pictures.

Merry Christmas to you and your family Peggy. Have a wonderful day!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 18, 2018:

Hi Patricia,

I have only made a few batches of cookies this year and have so far given most of them away. Perhaps I will make one more batch prior to Christmas. It does make the house smell good as you mentioned. Hope you and your family are able to enjoy this Christmas. Think of you often. Hugs!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 18, 2018:

Hi Peggy....I have not made these yet this year but hope to before this season of yummy foods slips by. My whole house smells divine when they are baking. Hoping all is good with you and yours....I think of you often and intend to send an email but...you know how it is...time slips away. Wishing you and your husband a lovely lovey Christmas and a most blessed 2019. Angels are headed your way ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 29, 2016:

Hello firstcookbooklady,

These pinwheel cookies are yummy! Hope you give them a try!

Char Milbrett from Minnesota on November 27, 2016:

Looks yummy!!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 14, 2016:

Hello breathing,

I am so pleased that you enjoyed reading this old fashioned cookie recipe of mine. It has been enjoyed in our family for generations.

TANJIM ARAFAT SAJIB from Bangladesh on February 12, 2016:

Good news for the cookie and sweet lovers. Another set of great dishes for them. Seeing the pictures I’m unable to control water in my mouth. Absolute joy for a cookie lover. The making of the recipe has been nicely described here in the hub. I’ve got nice ideas of different cookie recipes from this post and tried a few ones. Indeed they are awesome in taste! That’s why I thank the author for giving me a golden chance of fulfilling my appetite and finally I request you all try the dishes out mentioned in this post. I guarantee you will remember the taste forever!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 18, 2015:

Hi SweetiePie,

If you really like the sound of this old fashioned cookie recipe you might wish to copy it. I am gradually moving some of these over to my own website, so it might disappear for a while until accomplished. This is a good one! Enjoy!

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on October 16, 2015:

I think this would be a fun recipe to try. It definitely is worth it to preserve some of these recipes for historical sake so a new generation can try these out. I will share this on Pinterest.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 31, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

Thanks for the visit. I got to see the cute photo of my mother in her kitchen back in the 1960's because of it as well as think of these delicious cookies again. I should make some more sometime soon! Good wishes are being sent your way as well.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on August 30, 2015:

Hi Peggy Just stopping by to say hi.

Hope all is good with you and your family.

Angels are bringing hugs and blessings this afternoon. ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2015:

H oliversmum,

Some of those old timey recipes are hard to beat! I agree. Hope you give this pinwheel cookie a try.

oliversmum from australia on April 14, 2015:

Peggy W Hi. Recipes from years gone by, to my way of thinking are the very best, and this one looks absolutely delicious. Thumbs up. :) :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 14, 2014:

Hi colorfulone,

Maybe this will be the year you make them! Enjoy! Thanks for the vote and share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 13, 2014:

Hi Mary,

This really pleases me that you made them and that your family enjoys eating them. Thanks for letting me know and also for sharing the recipe with others. I have done most of my baking and have already given away the gifts.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on December 13, 2014:

It has been several years since I had one of these yummy little date cookies. They sure are good. Maybe, I will try making some for Christmas one of these years. Nice recipe hub, Peg. - Share and voted up!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on December 13, 2014:

Just wanted to come back to let you know: I made these cookies and they truly are wonderful. They are so different from the usual cookies I make at Christmastime, and my family really likes them.

I'm almost ready to start baking now for the holidays, and when I make these cookies again, I will think of you!

I'll share this Hub again.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 07, 2013:

Hi Patricia,

Your guests should be pleased with these delicious cookies. Thanks for the good wishes. Returning them your way as well. :)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on August 06, 2013:

Hi Peggy

This looks like a cookie I need to add to my files for the holidays. this time of the year I begin selecting new recipes, a few each season, to try out. I will be holding a large party here for Christmas this year and would like to have some new cookies to show off and this will be one of them.

thanks for sharing Angels are on the way ps :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 28, 2013:

Hi Paul,

This really is an old fashioned cookie that takes a bit of time with the preparation...but is oh so good! Hope you give it a try over there in Thailand. Thanks for the shares.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on July 28, 2013:

Peggy,

This recipe is awesome and it makes me so hungry just looking at the cookies. I remember having this kind of cookie before, but it has really been some time. The directions are very clear, and I think these cookies would sell well in Thailand. Voted up and sharing with followers and on Facebook. Also Pinning and Tweeting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 06, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

Am sure that you would be pleased with these old fashioned rolled cookies should you have access to a larger oven someday. In the meantime, thanks for your comment and votes. :)

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 05, 2013:

Well, those just look fabulous! I can't do cookies because I have a very small oven (George Foreman toaster/rotisserie) so I would have to make about 6 cookies at a time, but if I ever get a bigger oven, I will definitely give these a go! :) Voted up and awesome! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 24, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

I should have joined Pinterest a long time ago. I was just worried about the copyright issues. Oh well...live and learn! Thanks for the pin. :)

moonlake from America on April 24, 2013:

I'm going to add your Pinwheel Cookies to my Cookies on Pinterest.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 27, 2013:

Hi Careermommy,

You are most welcome! That picture of my mother was when housewives mostly wore dresses and aprons when in the kitchen. She was a great cook as was her mother. From my family to yours...hope you enjoy this delicious old fashioned cookie at your cousin's upcoming bridal shower. Thanks for your comment.

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on March 26, 2013:

Peggy, these cookies look divine. I love that you included a photo of your mother and handwritten note from your grandma. That just makes this recipe so much more special because you shared it with us all. This is a cookie I will have to try. These would be perfect for my cousin's upcoming bridal shower. Thanks for the recipe!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 26, 2013:

Hi beingwell,

These old fashioned cookies would be great having them with an accompaniment of coffee or tea. I grew up watching my mother bake so there is no great mystery to it. Just follow directions and with a little practice, anyone can do it. Thanks for your vote and the share. :)

beingwell from Bangkok on March 26, 2013:

I love cookies together with tea or coffee. You're so lucky you can bake, peggy!! Voting up and shared!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 01, 2013:

Hi pstraubie48,

We cannot be good all of the time. Ha! Enjoy this delicious old fashioned cookie in good health when you get around to making and baking them. May angels continue to surround you and yours. :)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 31, 2013:

O, my, Peggy, Peggy,

I am trying to be goooood. I am trying not to make all of these luscious recipes. And then, I come here and find THIS. I love pinwheel cookies. These look so deeeeelishusss as my baby grandboy says. I have just bookmarked them and know they will be made very soon.

Sending you Angels this afternoon. :) ps

RTalloni on October 01, 2012:

How fortunate one would be to find these under their tree!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 01, 2012:

Hi RTalloni,

My husband actually thinks they get better after time. We freeze them and he takes out a cookie or two on occasion and really likes eating them. I know that he will want me to make more. They will definitely be a part of the cookie assortment that we give out for Christmas gifts. Hope you like them as much as we do!

RTalloni on October 01, 2012:

It would be difficult to wait a day to bake a batch of these!

A cookie with such healthy ingredients should have "energy bar" somewhere in its title. ;) I'm looking forward to trying these out!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 17, 2012:

Hello TycoonSam,

We have many of these rolled cookies with dates and nuts frozen in our freezer. My husband occasionally helps himself to a couple of them. He told me just today that they really do improve in flavor over time. So don't just judge them the first day you bake them. They will be even better a few days (or months, if frozen) later. Thanks for your comment.

TycoonSam from Washington, MI on September 17, 2012:

Cookies look and sound delicious! Can't wait to try them!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 12, 2012:

Hi kashmir56,

Lucky you and lucky me that we not only got to eat these delicious old fashioned cookies...but that we also have our family memories revolving around them. Thanks for your comment and the share.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on September 12, 2012:

Hi Peggy, my mom use to make these old fashioned rolled cookies for my brother and me all the time,just reading your hub i could almost smell them cooking. Thanks for this great recipe and the memories .

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 10, 2012:

Hello colombostock,

These old fashioned rolled cookies are indeed delicious. My husband finished his lunch today with a couple of them as a sweet treat. Guess I'll be baking more in the near future. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 10, 2012:

Hello chamilj,

Appreciate you comment and vote up. Hope you enjoy the flavor of these cookies as much as we and our guests do.

colombostock from Colombo Sri Lanka on September 10, 2012:

Looks Delicious. Thanks for sharing.

chamilj from Sri Lanka on September 10, 2012:

I love this. Bookmarked and voted up!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 08, 2012:

Hello Tonipet,

So glad that reading about these old fashioned rolled cookies brought back happy memories for you. Thanks for your comment, votes and the sharing of this with others. Heading on over to your hub now.

Tonette Fornillos from The City of Generals on September 07, 2012:

Oh Peggy, how I loved this. Reading just brought me back to times before. Thanks for including a photograph of your mother. So if the English were so fond of tea after meals, Germans were with sweet treats.. that's awesome Peggy. I'm linking my hub "Living a Good Lifestyle from the Little that We Have" hub to this hub. This is very beautiful. I'm voting up, sharing and bookmarking. You're awesome!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 24, 2012:

Hi Au fait,

These rolled cookies with dates and nuts take a bit of prep work but the baking (when done) is fast and easy. They do freeze well! Yes...they would make excellent gifts for special occasions. Thanks for your votes and the share.

C E Clark from North Texas on August 23, 2012:

I love the sound of dates in these cookies. Also like the idea of slicing cookies off a roll instead of dropping them by spoonsful or using cookie cutteres. I often make pan cookies just to save time. This looks just about as good because cutting off slices looks like it would be pretty quick too. I can see these cookies being a great gift for special occasions too.

Voted you up, useful, and awesome! Will share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 22, 2012:

Hi Cathleena,

The pattern may somewhat resemble cinnamon rolls but assuredly these are thinner and crispy cookies. Enjoy! Thanks for your comment.

Cathleena Beams from Tennessee on June 22, 2012:

My mouth is watering just looking at these. I love nuts and dates so this recipe really appeals to me. They kind of resemble cinnamon rolls but thinner. Looking forward to trying this recipe soon.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 19, 2012:

Hi ChristyWrites,

Reading about food can do that to you. Haha! Thanks for commenting, voting and sharing this hub regarding the old fashioned rolled date nut cookies. They are delicious! :)

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on June 19, 2012:

Mmm yummy, you had me at "dates"! I vote up, awesome, and will share too. Funny that I'm hungry now...

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 18, 2012:

Hi kittythedreamer,

So glad that you found these old fashioned rolled cookies to be of interest. Thanks for your comment. Am sure you will like them if you give them a try!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 18, 2012:

Hi moonlake,

Thanks for the comment on my Mother's appearance as well as the rolled cookie recipe. Those were the days when women generally wore dresses in the house and little aprons were also common. If you like dates and nuts you are sure to like these cookies!

Kitty Fields from Summerland on June 18, 2012:

These look beyond amazing! Thanks for sharing.

moonlake from America on June 18, 2012:

Love dates and know I would love these. The picture of your Mom is so cute in her what looks like her apron, wearing a shirt dress. Voted up and will add this to my collection of cookies.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 17, 2012:

Hi Alocsin,

Yes...the spiral appearance is part of the visual appeal of these old fashioned rolled cookies when they are baked. The taste completes the picture! Thanks for your comment and votes.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on June 16, 2012:

Another wonderful recipe. I like how rolling them up and then slicing them gives them the distinctive spiral. They look delicious as well. Voting this Up and Useful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 06, 2012:

Hi Mary,

Just took a look and found notice of this comment but with literally multiple thousands of notices from HP in my gmail account, I couldn't find a specific one from you without spending inordinate amounts of time. Knowing what you write, I am certain that I would like whatever you do...so you have my permission. Thanks!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 06, 2012:

Hi Check your email. I'd like permission to use your name and this Hub as inspiration for a Hub I'm working on. Let me know. Many thanks, Mary

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 05, 2012:

Hi Lesley,

Thanks so much for your comment and nice to hear that you enjoyed these photos as well as the old fashioned cookie recipe.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on June 05, 2012:

Hi Peggy, another wonderful recipe for me to try, I love the picture of your grandma's handwritten recipe and the picture of your mother in the kitchen.

Voted up

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 05, 2012:

Hi Cheryl,

So happy to have been able to share some of these cookies with you and your sons. Thanks for your comment. These old fashioned cookies freeze well and seem to improve in flavor over time...as you know.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 05, 2012:

Hi RedElf,

Drop on over for a cup of coffee and some old fashioned cookies if you are ever in our area. Thanks for your comment. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 05, 2012:

Hi G-Ma Johnson,

Enjoy your visit with your sister. Perhaps you can do some cookie baking together while you are visiting? My mother and I used to love doing that together. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 05, 2012:

Hi Jason (livelonger),

These rolled cookies with the dates and nuts are truly crowd pleasers. Everyone seems to like them and my husband thinks that they should become a part of our cookie assortment given away each Christmas. So they definitely have his stamp of approval! Thanks for your comment.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on June 04, 2012:

These are wonderful cookies. I really loved the taste of the dates and chopped nuts. Very rich in flavor. I am pleased that you are sharing your Grandmother's delicious cookie recipe. I plan to make these for a special event. Great photo of your Dear Mother and your Grandmother's beautiful China. Thanks again for sharing your Grandmother's delicious cookie recipe. Great hub, photo and recipe.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 04, 2012:

Hello incomeguru,

Wish I could give you that cup of coffee and some of these date nut cookies. Guess you will just have to make them for yourself! Thanks for your comment and the share to FB. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 04, 2012:

Hello JSParker,

So glad to hear that you liked the sentimental touches of background information along with the actual recipe of this rolled cookie. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 04, 2012:

Hello rebeccamealey,

I never thought of it that way, but I guess you are correct. I DO come from a family of good cooks. My mother and grandmothers were all great cooks and my husband also loves to show off his expertise in the kitchen. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 04, 2012:

Hi Mary,

Nice to know that you are also sentimental about your mother's cookbook and the old recipes. Appreciate your comment. Thanks!

RedElf from Canada on June 04, 2012:

Another great recipe. I think this is my favorite today, though the apple tart looked very good. It was the final picture with the cup of coffee that sold me!

Merle Ann Johnson from NW in the land of the Free on June 04, 2012:

yummmy...sounds so good...I may just have to try these this week, my sister is coming to visit...Thanks...:O) Hugs G-Ma

Jason Menayan from San Francisco on June 04, 2012:

Wow, these look really yummy. Not something to try while on the diet I'm on (no sweets!) but I can only imagine how wonderful these smell and taste. A real crowd pleaser, I'm sure!

Oyewole Folarin from Lagos on June 04, 2012:

Nice recipe hub! I feel like tasting your cup of coffee with the cookies. Shared on FB.

JSParker from Detroit, Michigan on June 04, 2012:

What first gives this hub such charm is that handwritten recipe by your Grandmother! I love it. And then the photo of your mother. All the photos are wonderful, Peggy, showing every step of preparation. Very thorough. I think this is an exemplary recipe hub. Congratulations!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on June 04, 2012:

these look like they are to die for! And the old recipe adds such a nice personal touch, as well as your Mom in the kitchen. You really come from a family of cooks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 04, 2012:

Hi vespawoolf,

Nice that you will be trying these old fashioned cookies dating back to my grandmother's time. They are a labor of love and reward one with a delicious flavor. Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 04, 2012:

You are a gal after my own heart! I love sentimental people like yourself. I have my Mother's old cookbook. It is falling apart, but I still refer to it. I love the photo of your mother in her kitchen. I know these mementoes are worth a million dollars to you. I haven't made rolled cookies in a while, and this recipe looks great. Have a great day.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on June 04, 2012:

I love old-fashioned recipes! I just happen to have some dates in the pantry so I've marked this to try. What beautiful cookies! They look like cinnamon rolls. : ) I love your opening paragraph, the photo of your grandmother's original recipe and the idea of preserving your heritage. Voted up, across the board and shared!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 03, 2012:

Hi teaches12345,

These cookies actually do improve in flavor over time. Glad that you liked the photos of not only the cookies but my grandmother's china as well. Appreciate your comment.

Dianna Mendez on June 03, 2012:

You have me with the picture of your cup of coffee, rolls and your grandmother's china. What a great recipe. I love those that taste better with time.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 03, 2012:

Hi ktrapp,

Yes...writing about and sampling these old timey recipes from the past is a journey not only in flavors and tastes but memories as well. I am mailing these hand-written recipes to relatives who will hopefully cherish them for many years to come. This cookie gets even better with time! We have most of them frozen and haul out a few at a time. Thanks for the first comment.

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on June 03, 2012:

Your grandmother's kitchen must have always smelled fabulous! This looks like yet another delicious sweet treat. Although I am not a coffee drinker I do like sweets like this paired with my hot earl grey black tea.

As I was reading along I was thinking how you need to preserve these well-loved and handled recipes. It didn't occur to me that these hubs of yours serve a two-fold purpose. How wonderful.