Gluten-Free Date-Walnut Pinwheel Cookies

You’ll really hone your baking techniques when you make this gluten-free version of this classic refrigerator cookie. Roll out balls of dough, spread with a homemade fig-and-walnut jam, roll into a log and chill before slicing and baking. The delicious cookies are well worth the effort! Serve them warm from the oven.

Makes: 36Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 8 hours 45 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Makes: 36


  • 1⁄2 cup pitted chopped dates
  • 1⁄2 cup hot water
  • 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1⁄2 cup Spectrum Organic Shortening, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 3⁄4 cup arrowroot starch
  • 1⁄2 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1⁄2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1⁄2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt


  • Combine dates, hot water, and granulated sugar in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat about 6 to 8 minutes, stirring constantly until mixture thickens to jam. Remove from heat and stir in walnuts. Set aside and cool completely.
  • In a large bowl, cream together shortening and brown sugar. Stir in the egg and vanilla. In a smaller bowl, whisk together brown rice flour, arrowroot starch, xanthan gum, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Slowly stir dry ingredients into the creamed sugar mixture.
  • Divide dough into thirds and form into balls. Place a ball of dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper, flatten ball into a disc, and roll into a 12-inch square. Repeat with remaining balls of dough. Spread each square with 1⁄3 of the date-walnut mixture. Lifting up the edge of the parchment paper, gently peel it off of dough and roll into a log. Wrap logs in parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
  • Set oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Remove parchment from chilled logs and cut into 1⁄4-inch discs. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
  • Bake in a 350°F oven for 8 to 10 minutes, turning baking sheet around halfway through, until the edges of the cookies are golden-brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.