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Monday, July 17, 2023

Dessert Recipes with Dates

 I enjoy using dates in my dessert recipes for several reasons:

  1. Dates are the fruit of the date palm tree. These little wonders have increased in popularity as a dessert ingredient. They have a chewy texture and a naturally sweet flavor - making it easier to use less processed sugar in recipes. As an added bonus they contain antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
  2. Dates have a wonderful sticky texture which makes them useful as a binding agent in recipes.  They help hold together ingredients which is useful for desserts that require shaping, such as dessert balls and cookie bars.  This moisture also helps keep desserts moist and tender.
  3. These fruit wonders have a distinct taste which adds richness to many types of desserts.  
Check out a few of our date dessert recipes on the blog:
  • Oatmeal Date Bars: The date filling for this recipe is baked between two layers of an oatmeal cookie dough.  
  • Rugelach Cookies with Date Filling:  the perfect treat when you want something sweet and fruity.   The addition of sour cream and cream cheese adds a lovely tang to the cookie dough.
Both of these yummy desserts include a printable recipe and a how-to video!

I hope you enjoy making these desserts using such a delicious fruit!

date cookie bars with oatmeal