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Date Swirls from Grandma Soltow's Kitchen

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"My grandmother, Gladys Soltow, baked these cookies for my father, Richard Soltow, when he was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., during the Korean War.

"They are still Dad's favorite today because they remind him of his mother in her red-flowered apron, making the house warm with the wonderful smell of freshly baked cookies."

Ingredients

1 cup margarine
1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

FILLING:
1 box (1 pound) pitted dates, chopped
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

Place all the filling ingredients into a saucepan. Cook on medium heat until mixture is smooth. Let stand until mixture cools becoming 'warm' before spreading on the dough.

Combine margarine and both sugars together; mix on medium speed until creamy. Add eggs. Beat until mixture is smooth and light yellow in color.

In a separate bowl, sift the dry ingredients together. Add the dry ingredients by spoonsful to the creamy mixture.

Roll dough out onto a floured surface. Roll dough in an oblong shape about 9x13-inches or larger. Dough should be about 1/8-inch thick. Carefully spread the cooled date mixture onto the dough. Try to cover the entire surface, especially out to the edges.

Starting with the long side, roll the dough up into a long tube shape. Wrap the tube of dough in wax paper and chill in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours, until firm. Remove from the refrigerator and cut into 1/4 inch slices. (See note)

Place slices on ungreased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart and bake at 400 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes, until light golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet onto wax paper or cookie racks.

Note: In between baking, extra dough should be returned to the refrigerator to stay firm. Also, dipping the knife in flour can make slicing the dough smoother.

Laura J. McSparin
Rock Island



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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