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    Need a recipe using chopped dates

    I'm usually the person people call when they need a recipe but I can't seem to find a recipe for chopped dates that sounds delicious. I have about 1/2 pound of chopped dates and need to use them up. Does anyone have the perfect recipe for me to try?? ....cookies, or muffins, or ??? I don't know.

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    nanna, I have a very simple cookie. will hunt for the receipe. It is a no bake. simply cook ingred on stove then shape into a strawberry and roll in red sugars. delish. now if I can just find it. gave it to a caterer and it is one of her go-to cookies for weddings. I know-quit yapping and go find the receipe! back as soon as I do
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    My favourite way of doing dates is date squares. There are tons of different recipes for date squares on the net but I like the ones where you cook the dates in a saucepan to create the filling. You use an oat mixture for a bottom crust, smooth the filling over the layer and top with the rest of the mixture and bake.
    If you look up a Hermit cookie recipe or even use my Zucchini cookie recipe on QB, cut up dates can be used much like raisins.

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    They're yummy, in bran muffins!
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    The good cooks on this site will come up with some good ideas, but I also like www.foodnetwork.com and you can do a search.

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    I love Chocolate Chip Date Cake. You pour boiling water over the dates and let them cool. I put chocolate chips in the cake and top it with a mixture of chocolate chips, granulated sugar, and chopped nuts. If interested, I will put the recipe on here.

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    Matrimonial Cake is my very favourite, not sure if it's because it tastes yummy or if it reminds me of Mom!

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    All these ideas sound yummy..... better than what I was finding by searching. So...

    Cherrio.... I'd love that recipe if you can find it.

    Mo-rie.... yes, I'm interested. Could you post the recipe?

    Tartan..... I'll have to look up date squares. I think I remember making those back in the day.

    Scraps..... I'll check out the food network site. Thanks

    Neesie, I hadn't thought of dates in bran muffins. I love bran muffins.

    Thimblebug..6000...... I don't know what Matrimonial Cake is. I'll have to search for that one.

    Thanks everybody.... I now have a good list of choices.

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    My mom and I used to make Matrimony cake also. Very rich , but so good.

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    they are very good in zuchinni bread

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    I use chopped dates in place of raisins in any recipe - I especially like oatmeal cookies with chopped dates & pecans - YUMM!

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    I used to make a cracker-cookie with chopped dates - really yummy!
    Cook to mush: 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 1 lb of chopped dates - stir in chopped walnuts (optional) and spread on oval (Townhouse) crackers. Frost with a little vanilla canned frosting. Topping will firm up as it cools - Makes a BUNCH and I remember freezing them too.

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    This is an old recipe & haven't made it for a long time, but it was Mom's.
    Matrimonial Cake
    3/4 cup butter
    1 cup brown sugar
    1 1/2 cup flour
    1 tsp. baking soda dissolved in 2 TBSP hot water
    pinch of salt
    1 3/4 cup rolled oats

    Cream butter, add sugar, flour, rolled oats, salt, bkg soda & divide mixture in half. Spread half on bottom of 8" square pan. Place filling over this & top with remaining crumb mixture. Bake at 350*F for 30 min. and cool.

    Filling mixture:
    1/2 lb dates
    1 cup hot water
    1/2 cup brown sugar

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    Chopped dates and nuts in Oatmeal cookies are great!

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    Make your favorite pie crust recipe cut into diamond or even square shapes put 1 tsp of orange marmalade on dough top with a date or spoon of chopped dates fold the ends across date orange mixture bake at 350 for 10 to 15 minutes very yummy. For some reason I make these for Christmas every year.

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    Why ya'll always trying to make me hungry?! LOL!
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

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    Date Balls with Rice Krispies and rolled in coconut are yummy - and I don't like dates.

    DATE BALLS
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    1. 1 pkg. chopped dates
    2. 1 c. sugar
    3. 1/2 lb. butter
    4. 1 beaten egg
    5. 2 1/2 c. Rice Krispies
    6. 1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)
    7. Coconut OR powdered sugar

    Mix first 4 ingredients and cook 10 minutes over low heat. Stir constantly. Remove and COOL. Add Rice Krispies and walnuts. Form balls and roll in coconut OR powdered sugar.

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    How about an Apple Date salad? So easy to fix!

    1.Core and cut apples into bite size pieces, leaving the skins on. (I soak mine in Sprite or 7-Up for a few minutes to keep them from turning brown, then drain when ready to continue)
    2.Add in the date pieces.
    3. Mix in mini-marshmallows
    4. Stir in Cool Whip into ingredients until blended.

    Voila...instant salad that goes great with any turkey, pork or chicken dinner. I sometimes mix in Spanish peanuts if you want to add a little crunch with a salty flavor!


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    Mom's Coleslaw

    1 small bag cabbage, red cabbage & carrots
    1 C. diced apples, w/ skins on
    1 C. pineapple tidbits, drained
    1 C. chopped dates, pitted
    1/2 C. mayonaise
    1 T. sugar
    1/2 t. lemon juice
    salt (optional)
    Mix well and chill at least one hour before serving.

    Enjoy,
    SewDarnBusy

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    I make cranberry date bars that are good but you need fresh cranberries.
    Gloria 

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    My mom has been making this cookie since we were kids and now I make them as part of my Christmas cookie trays:

    Hedgehogs

    2c shelled walnuts 1 c brown sugar, firmly packed
    1 c pitted dates 2 eggs, slightly beaten
    2 c shredded moist coconut

    Put nuts and dates through a food chopper, using coarse blade. (I buy chopped dates and just chop the walnuts coarsely). Mix with 1 1/2 c coconut, sugar and eggs. Set oven for moderate, 350 degrees. Shape mixture into rolls about 3/4-inch thick and 2" long. Roll in the remaining 1/2 c coconut. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake 10-12 minutes, until light brown. Makes 3 dozen,.

    Note: I measure out the coconut for the cookie dough but I find that it takes more than what they say to roll them in, so I just put some in a flat bowl or dish at a time and add more when it runs out. Everyone loves them when I make them. If you make them, let me know how you like them.

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    I made two date and walnut loaves last week.... very nice.... also keep dates whole and wind some thin narrow strips of bacon around them.... put in oven for about 20 minutes or so... really, really nice... I do them at xmas time.
    joy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    I'm usually the person people call when they need a recipe but I can't seem to find a recipe for chopped dates that sounds delicious. I have about 1/2 pound of chopped dates and need to use them up. Does anyone have the perfect recipe for me to try?? ....cookies, or muffins, or ??? I don't know.
    Oatmeal raisin cookies made with chopped dates instead of raisins. Yummy.
    Brownies with chopped dates.
    Zucchini bread with chopped dates

    Anything you can put raisins in you can substitute chopped dates.

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    I usually make these at Christmas, my family loves them. Also, did you know you can freeze the dates. I keep them in the freezer for several years, just take out what I need and pop them back into the freezer.

    Crispy Date Bars

    Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
    -------- ------------ --------------------------------
    BASE
    1 cup flour
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
    FILLING
    1 cup dates, chopped
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 cup butter or margarine
    1 ea egg, well beaten
    2 cups crispy rice cereal
    1 cup nuts, chopped
    1 tsp vanilla
    FROSTING
    2 cups powdered sugar
    1/2 tsp vanilla
    3 oz cream cheese, softened

    1. Preheat oven to 375F. Combine Base ingredients and mix until crumbly.
    Press into ungreased 11x7 or 9" square pan. Bake at 375 oven for 10 to 12
    minutes or until golden brown.

    2. In medium saucepan, combine dates, sugar and butter/margarine. Cook over
    medium heat to boiling, stirring constantly; simmer 3 minutes. Blend about
    1/4 cut hot mixture into beaten egg; return to saucepan. Cook until mixture
    bubbles, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in cereal, nuts and
    vanilla. Spread over baked base; cool.

    3. In small bowl, combine Frosting ingredients; beat at low speed until
    smooth. Spread over filling. Cut into bars.
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    ok, back home and found the receipe
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    1/2 c butter
    1 c wht sugar
    2 beaten eggs
    8 oz chopped dates
    1 c all purpose flour
    1 tsp vanilla
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 c chopped nuts
    2 1/2 cup rice krispies

    in saucepan: butter, eggs, sugar and dates. bring to boil over med heat stirring constantly. turn heat down to low, continue stirring and cooking for 5 min.
    add:
    1 c flour stir and cook another 5 to 7 min. remove from heat add salt and nuts, vanilla and krispies. mixture will be stiff and hard to stir. cool slightly till cool nuff to handle.do not refrigerate before you shape them. Now, roll and shape into the shape of a strawberry. roll in red sugar. I use canned green icing to make the green leaf toppers.
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