So here is the recipe for the Date Swirl Cookies, as I came to know them as a child growing up. My mother, Deloris Pickens used this recipe from her sister Mrs. Daisy Wilker, which was passed down to her, from their mother, Irene Cress.
It was known as Filled Ice Box Cookies
1 C. butter
1 C. sugar
1 C. brown sugar
4 C. flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cinamon
1/4 tsp. salt
Roll 1/2 " thick (like jelly rolls) and fill with following mixture. Chill, slice and bake 12 minutes in hot oven
1 lb dates or raisins
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. water
1 C. finely chopped nuts
Cool in double boiler until a thick paste. Cool and spread.
Now to put this into modern terms, probably be best if one chills the dough, like one would for sugar cookies, before putting the date paste and rolling. Also one could use just a pan, instead of a double boiler, in order to cook down the dates/raisins. Also, this was originally a recipe for a wood/coal burning stove. Preheat the modern oven for 375 degrees. Watch and bake for 12 minutes. Take a look at 12 minutes to see if golden brown, if not, contnue to bake at 1 1/2 minutes to 2 minute intervals. Can be variable upon your cookie sheet and oven.
Now this is a tasty old fashioned danish cookie recipe. Enjoy! Gail Pickens-Barger