Date Nut Cracker Dessert Recipe
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Date Nut Cracker Dessert Recipe

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Notes Billie Moss of El Sobrante, California, "This chewy treat has a refreshing lemon topping. It's always a hit."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 60 wafers)
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 433 calories, 19g fat (5g saturated fat), 97mg cholesterol, 172mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (46g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. In a bowl, beat eggs and 1/2 cup sugar until thickened. Combine baking powder and remaining sugar; beat into egg mixture. Add crumbs, dates, nuts, orange peel and vanilla; stir well. Pour into a well-greased 10-in. pie plate or 11-in. x 7-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Combine topping ingredients; let stand at room temperature until pie has cooled for 30 minutes (topping will thicken). Spread over pie. Cool completely. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Date Nut Cracker Dessert in Taste of Home December/January 1998, p53

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