Frosted Date Treat

Dates can be eaten straight from the package as a raw snack, or they can be used in recipes. They are a good source of dietary fiber and nourishment, and are fat-cholesterol-sodium free. Often, they are substituted for apricots, nuts, or raisins in varied recipes.

The chopped dates added to salads or desserts are known to accent the dressings used on them. Dates also go well with cheeses, spreads, nuts, chocolate, cocoanut, and bacon; thus, they might be stuffed, topped, dipped, or wrapped with these ingredients.

Furthermore, because the U.S.-grown dates are harvested in the late fall (November), they are associated with the yuletide season. This recipe probably evolved from that season.

Utensils

  • Microwave oven
  • A flat plate or bread-board capable of being micro-waved
  • Small to medium bowl
  • Measuring cup and spoons
  • Stirring spoon and flat spatula
  • Butter knife

Ingredients

  • 1 Eight-oz sealed package of California whole pitted dates having no preservatives added
  • 2 Cups confectioner’s powdered white sugar
  • 1½ Tbs soft or whipped margarine
  • 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 Drops of select food coloring: red, green, yellow, blue, or none
  • 1-2 Tbs milk as needed for final consistency desired
  • 1 Package of shelled whole pecan or walnut halves

Preparation

  1. Place a dozen or more dates on a flat plate or similar surface
  2. Place it in microwave, and heat at high level for 20-seconds
  3. Remove and set on counter
  4. With a flat spoon or spatula, gently flatten each date one at a time (They need not be squashed, only flattened enough to remove their rounded state.)

Frosting

  1. In the bowl, add the powered sugar and margarine
  2. Add the vanilla and food coloring if desired
  3. Fold and blend with spoon
  4. Add small amounts of milk, and blend further to a smooth applicable mix of desired appearance
  5. With the butter knife, add and shape a layer of icing to the topside of each date, 1/16-to-1/8″-inch thick
  6. Center a whole-half pecan or walnut atop each one, and embed slightly them into the frosting
  7. Let the frosting harden for 3-hours before serving

Makes 12 to 24 treats