Date Rolls – Shortbread-type Cookies with Walnuts and Dates

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What’s your favorite not-too-sweet Christmas dessert? Mine are date rolls. What are these date rolls? Date rolls are simple and easy to make bites that are similar to buttery shortbread cookies but are stuffed with walnuts and dates. And they taste as heavenly as vanilla cream or marzipan. Well, almost! Nothing will ever beat the traditional vanilla cream or marzipan!

Here’s the recipe for Making date rolls!

Ingredients for the traditional date rolls recipe
200 grams maida or all-purpose flour
90 grams powdered sugar
100 grams butter
100 grams walnuts
1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
200 grams seedless dates
1 tsp baking powder

Roll a piece of walnut in half a pitted date - Pic by Abby from AbbysPlate
Roll a piece of walnut in half a pitted date

Start by breaking the walnuts into approximately eight pieces each. Smaller broken pieces will do too. If you have leftover walnuts from your walnut fudge, go ahead and use them. Just make sure you stuff a decent amount of walnuts in each roll. So you’re basically rolling half a date around each walnut to create oblong balls. Keep this aside.

Next cream the butter and sugar. Then beat the egg and add to it. Also, add in the flour and the baking powder and knead to a soft dough.

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Slice the dough into 1.5 inch pieces

Roll out the dough to about 2 to 4 mm thick, and cut into rectangular strips that are about 1.5 inch long. Roll these strips around each date and walnut ball, and place them on a tray lined with butter paper.

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Egg wash the date rolls

You don’t have to grease the butter paper. The rolls will leak out the butter themselves. If you’re wondering why the paper in the pic above looks greased, it’s because we reuse the butter paper for multiple batches. Yeah, that’s doable! Reduce waste and help the environment.

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Beat one egg yolk in a separate vessel and glaze the date rolls with this yolk.

Date Rolls on a bkaing tray.
Date Rolls are ready

Preheat an oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes. Of course, this will differ based on the type of your oven. Bake your date rolls for 20 to 25 minutes and they’re done! Aren’t these one of the easiest Christmas foods to make? And so deliciously yummy! What do you think?

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Yummy East Indian Date Rolls
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Traditional-East-Indian-Date-Rolls
Date Rolls on a bkaing tray.

Date Rolls (Shortbread Cookies stuffed with Walnuts and Dates)

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Traditional East Indian date rolls are delicious bites of dates and walnuts wrapped in buttery shortbread-like cookies.
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Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Christmas, Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine East Indian
Servings 30 Date Rolls
Calories 105 kcal
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Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Break the walnuts into eight small pieces and roll each of them in half a date roll.
  • Cream the butter and sugar.
  • Beat the egg and add to the butter and sugar.
  • Next, add the flour and baking powder and knead to a soft dough.
  • Roll the dough and cut into 1.5 inch long rectangular pieces that are about 2 to 4 mm thick.
  • Roll the strips around each date and walnut ball.
  • Place on a tray lined with butter paper or parchment paper.
  • Beat an egg yolk and glaze the date rolls.
  • Preheat an oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes.
  • Bake the date rolls for 25 minutes.
  • Cool and they're ready to serve.
  • They'll keep for 2 to 3 weeks at room temperature.

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Nutrition (Per Serving)

Calories: 105kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 101IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

Disclaimer: Nutrition Information per serving is estimated by a third party software based on the ingredients used, and is for informational purposes only. It will vary from product to product, based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients. Please consult the package labels of the ingredients you use, or chat with your dietician for specific details.

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