Marzipan-Stuffed Dates

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Serves: 12 dates


  • 12 Medjool dates
  • 3 oz marzipan (see tip) 90 g
  • 3 oz milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate 90 g
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped shelled pistachios 30 mL


  • Step 1

    Make a lengthwise slit in each date. Squeeze date open and remove pit. Knead marzipan to soften. Shape level teaspoon marzipan into an oblong ball. Stuff into centre of date. Gently squeeze date shut, leaving some marzipan still exposed. Repeat with remaining dates.

  • Step 2

    Melt chocolate in a small bowl over simmering water. Dip each stuffed date half-way into the melted chocolate. Set on parchment paper-lined baking sheet, stuffed-side up. While chocolate-dipped side is still wet, sprinkle with pinch of chopped pistachios. Repeat with remaining dates.

  • Step 3

    Refrigerate dates to set chocolate. Keep chilled until ready to serve.


To make about 12 oz (375 g) homemade marzipan, blend 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) ground almonds with 1 cup (250 mL) icing sugar in food processor. Add 1 tsp (5 mL) almond extract and 2 drops vanilla extract and pulse to blend. Add 1 egg white and process until paste forms. Transfer to clean work surface and knead until smooth. Wrap in plastic and chill.

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Nutrition Facts

  • Per serving (1 stuffed date)
  • Calories 150
  • Protein 2 g
  • Total fat 5 g
  • Sat fat 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Carbohydrates 27 g
  • Fibre 2 g
  • Sugar 24 g
  • Sodium 5 mg