Recipes with Dates

10 sweet and savory ideas for the sticky-sweet fruit

Once reserved for royalty, dates come in countless varieties, from rich, sugary Medjool to nutty, drier Thoory. And their uses are equally varied: Fill them with cheese, mash them into a paste to sweeten baked goods, or fold them into a savory quiche—however you choose to incorporate the "fruit of life" into your food, that dish will be a bit more luxurious for it.

The edible fruit of the date palm tree, dates have been cultivated since around 6,000 B.C., making them one of the world's oldest fruits; so, we've had quite a bit of time to figure out what to do with them. Sticky and sweet, they make an obvious appearance in many desserts (and are an excellent way to sweeten foods naturally), but they also pair well with savory foods, such as spiced rice and fried potatoes. Roast them, stuff them into buttery shortbread, blend them with vanilla ice cream, or wrap them in bacon—whatever you do, just remember to remove the pit.

Honey-Grilled Chicken with Citrus Salad
Honey-Grilled Chicken with Citrus Salad
This grilled chicken dish is the Holy Trinity of weeknight cooking: delicious, quick, and made from easy-to-find ingredients.Farideh Sadeghin
Date, Parsley, and Sumac Quiche with Crushed Almonds
Date, Parsley, and Sumac Quiche with Crushed Almonds
Dates add a surprising sweetness to a creamy quiche sprinkled with crushed almonds.Yossy Arefi
Ma'amoul Lebanse Date Shortbread
Lebanese Date Shortbread (Ma'amoul)
These Lebanese shortbread cookies feature a buttery pastry scented with rose and orange blossom waters wrapped around a cinnamon and nutmeg–spiced date filling.
Peach Date Bars
Peach Date Bars
Chewy dates and chunky peach preserves form the filling for these cake-like bars. Make these ahead of your trip for a quick breakfast or, obviously, save them for dessert.James Roper
Roasted Dates with Sherry and Spices
Sweet dates are roasted in a cinnamon-spiced sherry syrup.Tim Mazurek
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Bacon Wrapped Dates with Almonds
At the Red Cat in New York City, these are a popular choice on the bar menu.Meredith Heuer
English Sticky Toffee Pudding
English Sticky Toffee Pudding
In this version of the classic English dessert, adapted from one in Rose Levy Beranbaum's Rose's Heavenly Cakes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009), dates are soaked in stout beer and then pureed, resulting in a super-moist crumb.Eilon Paz
Palestinian date cookies
Ka'ak bil Ma'amoul (Date-Stuffed Ring Cookies)
These holiday cookies are flavored with orange blossom water and stuffed with a sweet date filling.Ariana Lindquist
Pohp Batalu Jo Pulao (Spiced Rice with Dates and Fried Potatoes)
The recipe for this festive rice dish garnished with dates, potatoes, and onions is from Sindhi cook Kamla Sabhani.Ariana Lindquist
Date Shake
Supposedly invented in the 1930s by a California date farmer, date shakes are a popular drink at roadside stands in the Coachella Valley. This recipe is from Oasis Date Gardens, which serves up to 300 shakes a day.Meredith Heuer