Dates have been a staple of the Middle East for thousands of years. Their sweetness makes them good in desserts such as Date Bars, Black Walnut and Date Pudding Cake, and Date Pastry Rounds. But don't limit them to desserts, try dates in recipes such as salads, bread, and side dishes.

Dried-Fruit Fruitcake

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People won't jokes about this fruitcake. They'll love it's sweet taste and festive look that is so perfect during Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and New Year's.

Toffee-Pear Sticky Pudding

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Date Pastry Rounds

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Piecrust mix, plus a few quick steps, equals cookies that look fancy enough for any holiday gathering.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Midwest Living

The molasses and date pudding is served with a sweet sauce in this holiday dessert.

Apricot-Pistachio Oat Bars

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For a fun-to-eat anytime snack, make these bars with apricots, coconut, dates, oats, and pistachios.

Date and Spice Cake

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The frosting for this fruity spice cake is a mixture of sour cream and whipping cream sweetened with sugar and a hint of almond extract.

Date-Nut Icebox Cookies

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Dates and black walnuts blend to create the richness in this brown sugar cookie recipe.

Black Walnut and Date Pudding Cake

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This fruit-and-nut cake makes its own sauce right in the pan.

Chocolate-Kissed Date Puffs

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These little chocolate pastries are nice to serve when entertaining.

Apricot Date Loaves with Rosemary

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You wouldn't guess the herb rosemary would taste so good in a quick bread.

Meringue-Topped Fruit Tarts

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These dainty tarts are filled with dried dates and apricots, topped with meringue, baked, and served warm or well-chilled.

Sticky Buns

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Apple-Date Cake

Diabetic Living

Dates, apples, pecans and seasonal spices give this low-sugar treat crave-worthy flavors.

Sour Cream-Walnut Date Bundt Cake with Tangerine Glaze

Midwest Living

This fruit and nut filled dessert is easy to make because it uses a yellow cake mix.

Orange-Date Pumpkin Bread

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Serve this spiced holiday bread with reduced-fat cream cheese flavored with a little grated orange peel. Ideal for the diabetic diet.

Date-Nut Cake With Coconut Frosting

Family Circle

Baked in loaf pans, this moist cake, with its broiled coconut topping, makes a tasty gift for coworkers and neighbors.

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