Easy Date Recipes

Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Blue Cheese.

  • Prep20 m
  • Cook40 m
  • Ready In1 h

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Slice dates in half, and open them up. Pinch off pieces of blue cheese, and place them into the center of the dates. Close the halves of the dates, and wrap a half-slice of bacon around the outside. Secure each one with a toothpick. Arrange in a baking dish or on a baking sheet with sides to catch any grease.
  3. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the bacon is crisp. Turn dates over after the first 20 minutes for even cooking.

PISTACHIO-STUFFED DATES WITH COCONUT

Makes 26 dates 

Ingredients

• 1/2 cup shelled, unsalted pistachios
• 1 teaspoon tahini
• 1 teaspoon honey
• 26 dates
• Shredded, unsweetened coconut, for sprinkling over the top.

 Method 

Chop pistachios in a food processor till a crumble-like texture forms. Mix pistachios with the honey and tahini, adding a little extra of each if the mix needs more to stick together nicely.Slice each date length ways to the pit, then remove the pit.Stuff the pistachio mixture into each date then sprinkle with coconut.

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE DATE BITES

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  •  Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Makes: 12 serving


  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates (about 10 dates)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
  • Pinch of Kosher salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add dates to the basin of a food processor. Pulse until dates form a paste. Add in peanuts and salt. Pulse until peanuts are chopped finely.
  2. Using damp hands, form mixture into 1″ balls. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Gorgonzola and Walnut Stuffed Dates


Ingredients 

Dates, pitted (*see note)
2-3 oz. fine quality Gorgonzola cheese
2 tbs. walnuts or pecans, toasted (**see note) and lightly chopped
whole milk or cream (optional)  

Instructions

Place Gorgonzola in a small bowl and mash with a fork until creamy. If cheese is a little dry, add a teaspoon of milk or cream to moisten it. Gently stir in the chopped walnuts.Make a slit in the dates length-wise. Stuff about a 1/2 teaspoon of the cheese and nut mixture in the dates.Keep dates chilled until ready to eat.


Notes

To enhance this simple finger food, try wrapping dates with thinly sliced prosciutto.*To pit the dates: using the flat side of a knife, push down on the dates. Lightly cut into the date and remove the pit.**To toast walnuts: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread whole walnuts on a sheet pan and bake for 8 minutes, or until golden and fragrant. Let walnuts cool and then roughly chop.

Date-Orange Filling

Ingredients

MAKES ENOUGH FOR ABOUT 24 COOKIES

  • 1 cup dates, pitted, quartered
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Preparation

Bring dates, orange zest, cinnamon, salt, and 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often and mashing with a heatproof spatula, until dates are very soft and jammy, about 5 minutes. Add butter and stir until melted. Let cool.

Do ahead: Filling can be made 4 days ahead. Cover and chill.

DATE NEWTONS

INGREDIENTS

1 lb Semi dried pitted dates,chopped.  1 tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup orange juice, 1 cup water, 8 tbsp unsalted butter (room temperature), 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg white, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

In a medium sauce pan, bring the dates, vanilla, orange juice, and water to a low boil on low-medium heat. Cover and let simmer until the date mixture becomes the consistency of jam. Remove from the stove and set to the side to let cool. Once cool, add the dates to a food processor, and pulse into a smooth paste. Set to the side.

In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg white and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add the flour and mix until just combined. Remove the dough from the bowl and form into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the fridge until cool.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Remove the dough from the fridge. Lightly flour the counter and the rolling pin. Remove the dough from the plastic wrap and roll it into a 12x16" rectangle. Cut the dough, lengthwise, into three 4 inch strips.

Spread a thick layer of date puree down the center of each strip 1" thick. With a knife or spatula, gently fold the left side of the dough over the date strip, and then the right side of dough over top of that. The dough should now encase the date puree. If the dough has become soft or difficult to handle anytime during this process, place it in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Flip the dough over so that the seam is facing down. with a sharp knife, cut the strips into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Have a towel and bowl of water handy to wash the knife when it becomes to sticky. Place the cookies onto a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, or until light brown. Remove from the oven and let cool. The cookies are much better the next day, once the dough has had time to soften. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple of weeks.