These are the best Christmas Cookies Macadamia Date Roll Cookies.

Date Roll Cookies - Date and Nut Cookies

Date Roll Cookies are a Christmas tradition in my family. The sweet and nutty filling wrapped up in butter-based cookie dough just melts in your mouth. So delicious you can't stop eating. This cookie uses macadamia, and yet pecans or walnuts make an equally delicious combination with dates. Also, a few red and green stripes on the date roll add a nice Christmas twist to these as well. 
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Course: Breakfast, High Tea
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Date Roll Cookies Recipe, Macadamia Date Roll Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 131kcal
Author: Veena Azmanov
Cost: $10


For the dough

  • 250 grams All-purpose flour
  • 200 grams Confectioners sugar / icing sugar
  • 170 grams Unsalted butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

For the filing

  • 120 grams Macadamia
  • 300 grams Dates
  • 1/4 tsp Mixed spices optional


  • Egg wash - 1/2 egg with 2 tbsp water


Prepare the cookie dough

  • Combine flour, baking powder, and salt set aside.
  • Add vanilla to the egg - set aside.
  • Cream butter and confectioners sugar until creamy.
  • Add egg mix- mix until well combined.
  • Next, add flour in two batches - mix until well combined.
  • Once well combined - divide dough into two or three batches and form discs.
  • Wrap discs in cling wrap to chill well.

Prepare the filling

  • In a food processor add the nuts and spices - pulse to coarse breadcrumb consistency.
  • Remove the nut mixture - set aside.
  • Deseed from the dates and add them to the food processor.
  • Pulse until broken into tiny pieces as shown in the video.
  • Now add the nut mixture back into the food processor with the dates.
  • Pulse until it all comes together.
  • Take a little mixture into your hand, you should be able to roll into a ball.
  • If not pulse some more - then set the mixture aside.

Make date rolls

  • This is fairly simple as long as your dough is well chilled and mixture can be rolled into logs. 
  • Take a little date mixture into your hand - form a ball then roll it into a log.
  • You want thin logs so the resulting cookies will be delicate and pretty.
  • Do not make them very long - they are easier to handle in lengths of 10 to 15 inches.

Assemble the date roll cookies

  • Ensure the dough is really well chilled.
  • Roll dough into a sheet as shown in the video.
  • Place a date log on the sheet at one end.
  • Use a tiny amount of water to help stick the dough together.
  • Wrap the dough into a log.
  • Place the rolls onto a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place the rolls back into the fridge.
  • Cover tray with cling wrap to avoid them getting too dry.

Cut and bake the date roll cookies

  • Preheat oven at 190 C / 380 F.
  • Once chilled the logs are easier to handle.
  • Cut them into two-inch pieces - I use a ruler so they are all same size.
  • Brush with egg wash,  OR
  • Create red and green Christmas stripes.
  • Sprinkle some granulated sugar on them.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 9 to 10 minutes.
  • Once baked let them cool 10 minutes before you move them to a baking rack.
  • Cool completely before you place them in a cookie jar.


Serving: 31g | Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.6g | Protein: 1.5g | Fat: 6.6g | Saturated Fat: 2.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 10.9g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg