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Stuffed dates

Surprise drop-in guests with these sweet treats, which you can whip up in a hurry with just four ingredients.

Chef Samantha Ward
Exquisite Desserts, Palm Desert

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1 (4-oz.) tube almond paste
1 lb. dates (about 24, see note)
12 oz. coating chocolate or candy chocolate
1 cup shredded coconut, toasted, or
sliced almonds, toasted



Roll pieces of almond paste into "pit"-sized pieces and stuff inside dates. Melt chocolate in a small bowl in a water bath or in the microwave. If melting in the microwave, stir often to prevent burning.

Dip each stuffed date completely in melted chocolate and gently tap excess chocolate back into bowl. Roll chocolate-covered  dates in coconut or almonds.

Note: If using unpitted dates, slice down the side of each date with a paring knife to remove the pit.


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