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!

Using dates in desserts is always a good idea. I love to make these date roll cookies because they are fun to prepare! I prefer to use already made date paste, which can be found at your local middle eastern grocery store, because it saves so much time.  You can also make you're own date paste which is a mixture of whole pitted dates and little bit of butter and water, pulsed in a food processor until it forms a thick paste.

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! 

Lebanese date cookies- date roll cookies- kaak b tamer.

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 
Date recipes mejdool

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. 
date rolls recipe- date filled dates placed on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15-20 mins or until bottom of cookies are golden.
  • Allow to cool then serve and enjoy!
Date filled cookies- Lebanese date pastries.

More Lebanese Dessert Recipes: 

Sfouf- Lebanese Cake


Namoura- Lebanese Semolina Cake

Mahalabia- Lebanese Milk Pudding


If you make this easy Lebanese date Roll Cookies Recipe or any other recipe on the Salt and Sweet Kitchen, the don’t forget to rate and leave me a review below. I would love to know how it turned out for you!

Lebanese Date Roll Cookies

Date Roll Cookies

Date Roll Cookies

Yield: 30 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A simple Lebanese inspired date filled cookies recipe.



To make the dough:

  1. In a large bowl add butter, sugar, flour and table cream.
  2. Mix well with your hand until all the ingredients are blended together.
  3. Form the dough into a firm ball and set aside.

To prepare the filling:

  1. Take about 1 teaspoon of date paste and roll it into a small roll (about 2 inches). Repeat the process for all the date paste and set aside.
  2. Preheat your oven to heat the oven to 350 ° F and lightly spray your baking tray lined with parchment paper with baking spray.
  3. On a lightly floured counter top or your working area, roll the dough until thin about 1/4 an inch or less thick.
  4. Cut into rounds, use a 3 inch diameter circle cutter to cut out the dough into circles. A glass cup works great too.
  5. Add a rolled date paste into the center of each round cut dough and roll them into a cylinder shape.
  6. Place the date rolls on your prepared baking tray.
  7. Bake for 15-20 mins or until bottom of cookies is golden.
  8. Allow to cool then serve and enjoy! 🙂

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g

Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

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  1. 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?

    1. 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 🙁

  2. The flavour of these was beautiful however mine totally opened up during the cooking process. Any idea why?

    1. 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.

  3. 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?

    1. 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.

  4. What it is roll dates paste? Do you cook the dates? In your recipe you didn’t mention how to
    Prepare the date paste.

    1. Hello Colette,

      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.

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