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Almond Date Confections

 Almond Date Confections
For our first Christmas together, I made these fast candies for my then-boyfriend. He has begged me for them every holiday since...and we've been married for more than 10 years! —Katherine Job, Carmel, Indiana
18 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 tube (7 ounces) almond paste
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 to 1 teaspoon water, optional
  • 18 pitted dates, halved
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • Flaked coconut or finely chopped almonds, toasted

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine the almond paste, confectioners' sugar and
  • extract. Knead until mixture forms a ball, adding water if mixture
  • is too crumbly. Cut dates in half widthwise. Wrap about 1-1/2
  • teaspoons of almond mixture around each date half and roll into a
  • ball.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth.
  • Dip balls in chocolate, then roll in coconut or almonds. Place on a
  • waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until chocolate is set,
  • about 30 minutes. Store in a covered container at room temperature.
  • Yield: 3 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 161 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.