Stuffed dates and marzipan sweets with glace cherries on a plate

Christmas Stuffed Dates

My grandchildren came to help me put up my Christmas decorations this week as they are now on holiday from school. We also had time to make stuffed dates – a family tradition at Christmas.

If you are in need of something to occupy the children or grandchildren over the holiday season you might like to give these simple sweet treats a try! After making the stuffed dates then see what extra treats they can make with the leftover marzipan!

Stuffed Dates

Course: SweetDifficulty: Easy
Makes

18

stuffed dates
Prep time

20

minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 packs of Medjool Dates – my packs had nine dates each

  • 250 grams marzipan (I used golden marzipan)

  • 150 gram packet walnut halves (there should be some over)

  • A little granulated sugar

Directions

  • Remove the stones from the dates by making a slit across the top.cutting slits in dates with removed stones on a cutting board
  • Take a small piece of marzipan and roll it into an oval shape resembling the date stone.
  • Push this into the gap left in the date by the removal of the stone.
  • Press half a walnut on top of the marzipan.Single date with marzipan in the slit and half a walnut on top
  • Put some granulated sugar on a plate and roll the stuffed date in it.

Ideas for using the leftover marzipan

We had plenty of marzipan left over from the 500 gram pack after making the stuffed dates so I asked the children for ideas on how to use it.

They rolled out the leftover marzipan to about ¼ inch / 0.8 cm thick between baking parchment and then cut out stars with a mini star cutter.

Metal star cutter on top of rolled out marzipan with some cut out stars of marzipan

They were then baked in a cool oven 130°C fan for 20 minutes. When they cooled down they were decorated with icing and glacé cherries.

The second idea was to just make little round of marzipan and top them with half a glacé cherry. These were baked in a cool oven 130°C fan for 25 minutes. They were rather more freeform than the stars as you can see from the photo!

Little rounds of marzipan with red, yellow and green glacé cherries on a plate.

I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2022.

Happy Baking!

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