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Moroccan Stuffed Dates

Moroccan Stuffed Dates Ok, guys. These are a little weird and slightly amazing yet a little out of the ordinary for me. But you’re gonna have to trust the Lauren and give these a whirl.

The peeps from Around the World in 80 Days {which is on this Wednesday at 10/9C on BRAVO} are traveling to MOROCCO this week. And since I’m following along with the show, I thought I’d make a little sweet treat. When I first googled ‘moroccan desserts’, this is what I came across: stuffed dates. I know what you’re thinking. Gross. Sick and wrong. Sacrelig. Truth be told, I sort of thought that too.

Honestly, I was secretly  hoping to find morocco’s national dessert to be ice cream cake….or something involving oreos.

Uhh…yeah. Clearly NOT the case. {Do they even sell oreos in Morocco?}

So, I pushed myself out of the box and made these likable and appealing and delicious…even for this white girl who is not from Morocco. If you think you don’t like dried fruit, give dates a try. They are naturally quite sweet and are sticky because they’re so sweet. Stuff them with something creamy, sweet and crunchy and that makes a great and {semi} healthy dessert. Here’s how you make them:

Stuffed Dates 3 Start out with some pitted dates. I suppose you could buy the non-pitted kind, but why would you? More work! Uhh…NO THANKS.

Stuffed Dates 1 Grab a big handful of dates and slice them down one side to create a lovely opening. We are stuffing these after all.

Stuffed Dates 2 Now onto this filling–grab a little cream cheese and stir in some….

Stuffed Dates 4 almond extract,

Stuffed Dates 5 cinnamon,

Stuffed Dates 6 honey,

Stuffed Dates 7 sugar,

Stuffed Dates 8 and walnuts.

Stuffed Dates 9 Stir it all up and that’s your filling. The sugar is optional, but I thought this needed a little more sweet to balance the cream cheese tang. But that’s just me.

Stuffed Dates 10 Fill each date up with about a teaspoon of filling and that’s it!

Moroccan Stuffed Dates 1 Top with a few more nuts if desired and serve. Strangely enough, my husband and daughter both liked these! I didn’t bother asking my three year old to taste test, but when she saw them just sitting on the counter, she asked! So I gave her one and she said “I like it!” and ate the whole thing. That girl surprises me every day. :)

Here’s the printable:

Enjoy your Memorial Day :)

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Moroccan Stuffed Dates

Yield: 12

Ingredients:

12 pitted dates
2 oz. softened cream cheese
1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts + more for garnish, if desired

Directions:

Slice 12 dates down one side longwise. Set aside. Stir cream cheese together with honey, cinnamon, almond extract, sugar and chopped walnuts. Fill each date with about 1 teaspoon of filling. Top with more walnuts if desired. Serve.

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28 Comments

  1. Interesting, I bet you could do this with figs too. I may have to try this.

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  2. Those look delicious! I *love* dates… can’t be trusted to have them in the house or I’ll eat them all 😉

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  3. Considering when I was in Morocco I unknowingly ate camel, I’d say they probably don’t have oreos. Where the heck were these on my trip!? Love ’em :)

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  4. These sound awesome Lauren! I love stuffed dates and don’t think they sound gross at all! Yum!

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  5. I love dates! I always have a carton on hand. They are great for everything from no-bake vegan cookie balls to just stuffing with a smear of PB and chocolate chips to throwing into smoothies. I’ve never bought pitted ones though! It literally just takes 1 nanosecond to reach in and pull out the pit with your thumb and the dates stay fresher with the pit in I think (I’ve de-pitted some, put them back in the carton, and they are a little drier upon usage I think)

    Loving the Bravo show, too!

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  6. This actually sounds really good! I love dates, but the only thing I’ve ever stuffed them with is peanut butter (utter deliciousness, by the way!) I need to give this a try.

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  7. this looks amazing! i love dates and honestly I don’t find stuffing them odd at all! thanks for the recipe!

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  8. I’ll admit, I’d usually opt for an Oreo over a date, but this looks really good! I had bacon wrapped dates at a Christmas party and loved them…a sweet option is definitely the next option!

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  9. This is so good! Even though I am not from Morocco or any Arab country either, my family and I still enjoy these very often.

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  10. Hey Lauren,

    First of all, do not worry. In Morocco they do have Oreo Cookies. Just like here (Jordan) and in the whole Middle East, Oreo is very popular in Morocco.
    Morocco has one of the most delicious cuisine’s in the world (IMO). I’ve lived in 8 countries and Moroccan food is still my number one. If you wanna know Morocco most popular desserts – which are not the stuffed dates – try and google “Chabakia”, “Msemen”, “Baklava” or “Beghrir”. When thinking of desserts there I can only think of honey, honey and more honey. For them, the sweeter the better :) Enjoy your trip. I’m sure your gonna love it. It’s an amazing country with amazing people.

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  11. I love dates. These look very tempting!

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  12. I so could have used these this past Saturday night. We had some people over and I had a Moroccan themed dinner. What a great combination with the dates. Looking forward to trying these.

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  13. We love dates and always keep them on hand. They’re wonderful cooked in your morning oatmeal. I used to do a stuffed date appetizer – way back when – that involved blue cheese and bacon. It was delicious. I’m most definitely going to try your stuffed date recipe.

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  14. I’m not a date person and I haven’t tried much Moroccan type foods but man, I’m really beginning to think that I have to expand my horizons a bit with this awesome dish!

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  15. Hey Lauren… I have never been much of a date fan… but recently I tried bacon wrapped dates… and let me tell you… AMAZING! The sweet and salty mix is to die for. Not sure if that fits a moroccan theme or not. But since you mentioned dates and seemed not quite thrilled about it, I thought I’d share. All you do if wrap a pitted date with a half a slice of raw bacon and bake till the bacon gets crispy. You can dress them up by stffing with a smoked almond, or blue cheese and /or top with a basalmic or red wine reduction. Seriously… amazing! I’ll never look at dates the same again. These look easy and tasty as well, I’ll give them a shot for sure!

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  16. I was recently gifted with an 11 pound box of dates that I’m in the process of working through. I’ve found so many fun recipes and I’m adding this one to the list!

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  17. oh my gosh
    THESE LOOK AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. Another amazing post for me to drool over… I’m featuring it in this week’s Food Fetish Friday series (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and as always I love following your creations… Thanks so much for sharing.

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  19. I have a recipe from the Merchant Seaman’s Club in Casablanca for stuffed dates but nothing like yours. I’m always glad to share – after all, it was given to me! enjoy. I admit to changing and re-adjusting some of the ingredients to replace few I could not find.

    Moroccan Stuffed Dates
    1 Small package of cream cheese (3 OZ)
    1 TSP. chives, finely minced
    1 TSP. green pepper, finely minced
    1 TBS. sweet pickle relish
    1 TBS. mayonnaise
    Dash of hot pepper sauce
    Salt pepper to taste
    1/2 LB box dates, pitted

    Whisk together the cream cheese, chives, green pepper, pickle relish, mayonnaise, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper. Open centers of the pitted dates and stuff. The use of a piping bag with small tip makes this very easy. Roll in very finely chopped nut meats (pecans or walnuts) Sprinkle with paprika and store in refrigerator until served.

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  20. I am amazed that you would write the following about stuffed dates: ” I know what you’re thinking. Gross. Sick and wrong. Sacrelig. Truth be told, I sort of thought that too.” Your website would benefit from less of your childish commentary.

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    • Naz — June 10th, 2015 @ 5:56 am

      Well said! If you blog about food, what’s gross or taboo to one could be a delicacy to others.

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  21. Since you asked, yes, they do have oreos in Morocco and Mc Donald’s, pizza hut, Dominos, KFC and the junk food etc, and if you’re in Morocco let’s say Rabat or Casablanca or Tangier (not in the tourist villages of the south or the end of the world type of places) when you order dessert you’ll have not dozens but hundreds of choices and actually dates is considered a snack not a dessert, dessert is all the yummy pasteries such as kaab gazelle, briwates and other yummie almond cookies, also flan au caramel or stuffed crepes with custard and fresh fruits or a the various cakes or the moroccan baghrir with honey and nuts….just go on youtube moroccan chefs such as choumicha and see what they cook, you’ll surely find something to please you, and I spent 18yrs in Morocco, I never tried camel LOL maybe tourists are luckier to try more options than people who live there.

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  22. I love these, I had only stuffed with walnuts before today.
    We are joining our daughter’s family today and I will definitely
    be taking them over.

    Thanks,
    Mary

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