My grandfather tells the story that his older sister Ruth went off to College in the late 1930s and returned home one semester with this simple yet wonderful method for preparing sugared dates. He was eleven at the time and the treats made quite an impression on him. My grandfather has always had a knack for creating comfort foods and these dates are among the top three recipes I think of when I think of him.
I can't imagine Christmas without envisioning a bowl of these sitting around. They are easy and an especially great "busy" task for children. Package some up for host/ hostess gifts or bring along with cookies to the office party. Sugared dates are a unexpectedly tasty treat that are reminscent of Christmases past.
1 – Fill shallow dish with granulated sugar (approximately one cup)
2 – Break walnut halves into pieces small enough to fit snugly inside opening left when dates were pitted.
3 – Stuff approximately 2 grams (1/2 teaspoon) of walnuts into each date, making sure to put walnuts in each open end.
4 – Roll in sugar.
5 – Store in an air tight container; will last for several weeks.
Nutritional info for one (1) stuffed date (incl. 2 g walnuts, 1/4 tsp. sugar):
Nutritional information calculated per ingredients and deemed close but not exact.