Date Roll Cookies
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I love to make these Date Roll Cookies because they are fun to prepare and full of naturally sweet dates. So, if you are looking for desserts with dates, then you will love this simple Middle Eastern inspired date cookies recipe. I guarantee your family will be gobbling them up in no time!
Lebanese Date Cookies
I copied this Lebanese date roll cookies recipe from my mom’s old recipe book. These cookies are one of the many cookies she would make all year round. I made a batch of these cookies today! It’s funny how the taste of something can evoke such strong memories. They were absolutely delicious and I’m so thankful my mom kept a diary for all her amazing Lebanese recipes!
Date Filling for these Rolled Date Cookies Recipe:
I find it convenient to use store bought date paste for stuffing these date filled cookies because it saves so much time. You can find date paste at your local Middle Eastern grocery store. You can also make you’re own homemade date paste.
How to Make Homemade Date Paste:
- In the bowl of your food processor fitted with an “S” blade, combine 1 pound of Mejdool pitted dates and 3 tablespoons of water. You can replace water with rose water for extra flavor.
- Process until very smooth, scraping down the bowl to make sure all of the dates are incorporated.
- You add in some crushed nuts such as walnuts or almonds and pulse some more, if the date mixture did not hold its shape.
What You Need to Make Lebanese Date Filled Cookies:
- Table cream: which a little lighter than heavy cream and thicker in texture. I find it at target.
- Unsalted butter – at room temperature
- All purpose flour
- Sugar: little sugar for the dough, cause these cookies are naturally sweetened with dates.
- Date paste
How to Make Date Filled Cookies:
- Grease a a baking sheet with baking/cooking spray and set aside.
- Prepare the dates: Take about one teaspoon of the date paste, shape into a ball then roll it into a long rope. Repeat for the rest of your date mixture. You want it to to be a little shorter than the diameter of the round dough. Set aside.
- On a lightly floured counter top or your working area, roll the dough until thin about 1/4 an inch or less thick.
- Use a 3 inch diameter circle cutter to cut out the dough into circles (I use a water glass cup).
- Add the rolled date paste into the center of each round cut dough.
- Roll into a cylinder shape.
- Place the date rolls on your prepared baking tray.
- Bake for 15-20 mins or until bottom of cookies are golden.
- Allow to cool then serve and enjoy!
No need to spray the baking sheet and use parchment paper as well.
Good to know, thank you! Hope you enjoyed these date cookies!
These cookies were so delicious and so much easier than making maamoul!
So glad you enjoyed these date cookies 🙂
I tried to make this, but I couldn’t find table cream ANYWHERE near me and was too impatient to wait for Amazon lol. So I improvised with a combination of evaporated milk and thick cream from the Arab market. The taste was still really good but I don’t think it what’s the recipe was supposed to be like. I imagined it would be like ma’amoul texture but mine was a little more doughy. Any suggestions for if I don’t have table cream?
Hello Avery, thank you for trying my recipe! These date cookies won’t have the same consistency as maamoul, because I use flour rather than semolina. So the doughy texture you got, is probably what you would’ve got even if you used table cream. Sorry about that 🙁
The flavour of these was beautiful however mine totally opened up during the cooking process. Any idea why?
Hi! I’m glad you enjoyed them and sorry to hear that they opened up. I think it could be that the rolled out dough was too thick? Maybe try making them thinner so they latch better. Hope this helps.
I am planning on making these cookies, but the 1/2 inch thickness for the rolled dough seems to be much thicker than the pictures show. I don’t think there will be enough cookie dough to make 30 cookies?
Hello Paul, you’re right. The thinner the dough the better actually. I will adjust the recipe to of an 1/4 inch or less. Thanks for heads up 🙂 I hope you enjoy these date cookies.
Excellent recipe !
Glad you enjoyed this Date Roll Cookies recipe 🙂
What it is roll dates paste? Do you cook the dates? In your recipe you didn’t mention how to
Prepare the date paste.
I usually buy pre made date paste like this one. But you can also add pitted majdool date to skillet and cook it with little butter on low until it forms a paste. Hope this helps.