Sunday, May 18, 2014

Coconut, Cookie, and Caramel Stuffed Dates drizzled with Chocolate

I have just acquired a very, very large tubs of dates, so you'll likely be getting a few more date-based recipes from me over the next month. Not a bad thing though, right? Dates are tasty in and of themselves and a very versatile fruit. But when you mix them together with the makings of Samoa cookies (coconut, vanilla cookie, caramel, and chocolate), the results are phenomenal. 

Coconut, Cookie, and Caramel Stuffed Dates


  • 21 pitted dates
  • 7 caramels
  • 1/4c coconut, toasted
  • 1/4c Nilla wafers, crushed
  • 1/2 bar chocolate bark (about 2T melted)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 and line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut open pitted dates on one side, long-wise, so that they open up.
  3. Cut caramels into thirds, and place one cut piece of caramel into each opened date.
  4. Place dates caramel-side-up on cookie sheet and bake about 10 minutes or just until caramel is getting melty.
  5. While the dates are baking, combine crushed (by food processor to a crumb) Nilla wafers and toasted coconut in a small bowl. 
  6. Remove dates from oven, keep on cookie sheet, and evenly distribute the cookie-coconut mixture among the dates, pressing it into the melted caramel.
  7. Melt chocolate bark and drizzle chocolate evenly over each of the cookie-coconut-caramel stuff dates.
  8. Refrigerate until chocolate is set, then serve.
If you, like me, are wishing you had a box of girl scout cookies on hand right now, this is your next best bet. And it's all inside a date, so it's gotta be good for you... right?

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