24 Delicious Date Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert

Mix up your game by adding dates to your grocery list. These sweet and savory date recipes are absolutely delightful.

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These Sicilian cookies are a great example of why oranges and dates make a perfect pair. Make cuccidati your own by adding chopped chocolate or ground cinnamon to the filling.

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Chocolate-Covered Dates

Although simple, chocolate-covered dates may quickly become one of your favorite date recipes. Peanut butter and chocolate come together to make the caramelly fruit taste almost like a Snickers—especially if you add chopped nuts. Check out our copycat candy bar recipes if you want more homemade versions of your favorite wrapped sweets.

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Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Isn’t everything better with bacon? Dates are no exception. These savory and sweet snacks are irresistible—just make sure you let them cool off before taking a bite.
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Date Shake

In our opinion, date shakes are one of the best ways to enjoy dates. Don’t forget to soak the dates first, which will make blending easier.
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Pistachio and Date Ricotta Crostini

If you’re looking for a dressed up appetizer, pistachio and date ricotta crostini are a perfect choice. While we love dates paired with cheese and nuts, you can use figs in their place if that’s all you have on hand. After you try these, keep other creative crostini recipes in mind for future get-togethers.
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Raisin Date Bread Pudding

Day-old bread is beautifully repurposed in this raisin date bread pudding. Serve it with a dollop of whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg—a perfect topping for most of our best bread pudding recipes.
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Date Pudding Cobbler

Make date pudding cobbler in your favorite cast-iron skillet or 8-in. square baking pan. It’s a sweet treat that can be served for special occasions and weeknight dinners alike.
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Date Smoothie

This date recipe is also vegan, thanks to the use of almond milk. However, feel free to use your favorite milk instead. Then, try more of our smoothie recipes, and make sure you know about all of the health benefits of dates.
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Poteca Cake

This sweet European cake recipe is swirled with a filling made of walnuts, dates, cinnamon, sugar and more. It tastes just as delicious as it looks—just like so many of our other cinnamon bread recipes.
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Chocolate Date Energy Balls

These chocolate date energy balls will help satisfy a sweet tooth without adding sugar. The dates, cherries and coconut make each bite sweet enough on its own.
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Date-Filled Rugelach

While these golden-brown date-filled rugelach are full of flavor already, feel free to roll the dough in cinnamon sugar instead of flour if you want to add a little more personality. It would pair nicely with the dates, ginger and orange zest.
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Stuffed Dates

Our stuffed dates recipe has a citrus filling, but there are dozens of ways to fill them. If you’d rather, try cream cheese and mini chocolate chips or peanut butter and chopped almonds.
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Bacon Date Bread

This recipe has both the sweet and salty flavors of date-nut bread and bacon-wrapped dates. It would pair nicely with a bacon jam.
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Finnish Pinwheels

These stunning Finnish pinwheels will the star of any cookie tray you put them on. A final dusting of confectioners’ sugar makes them perfectly pretty. Once you finish the last one, try making more cookies from around the world.
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Date-Filled Sandwich Cookies

The brown sugar in this cookie dough pairs perfectly with the sweet date filling. Feel free to use whatever shape cookie cutter you like—whether it’s circles, flowers or hearts.
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Date Pecan Tea Bread

This date pecan tea bread packs our favorite wrinkly fruit into not only the bread itself, but the chunky cream cheese spread on top too. Make sure the bread lasts as long as possible by storing it wrapped in an airtight container.
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Date-Walnut Pinwheels

Chopped dates, walnuts and apricot preserves are an unexpected combination of flavors you won’t be able to resist. Plus, it’s a quick and easy treat to whip up—as long as you have pie crust on hand!
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Spiced Rum Fruitcake

If you’re a fruitcake lover, you’ll love this spiced rum fruitcake with plenty of nuts, dried fruits and more. Keep it in the fridge for up to a few months at a time—or if you finish it up before then, try your hand at more of our fruitcake recipes.
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Chunky Breakfast Cookies

These breakfast cookies full of oats, chocolate, dates and coconut give you an excuse to have dessert first thing in the morning. They’ll fill you up more than you’d think.
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Molasses, anise extract, brown sugar, and plenty of other mix-ins are what make this German bread so flavorful. Serve squares of lebkuchen fresh out of the oven, with a generous drizzle of glaze. If you love this bread, don’t forget to try our top star anise recipes.
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Lemon Date Couscous

Date recipes can be savory, too! Dates make an unexpected but wonderful combo with citrus, carrots and couscous. Serve this couscous recipe with your favorite roasted, meaty main dish for a well-rounded meal.
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Sugared Date Balls

These tender, melt-in-your-mouth cookies dotted with chewy dates and crunchy walnuts are a delicate treat perfect for tea parties and other springtime celebrations.
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Date-Nut Pinwheels

Budget a little extra time to prepare this date recipe, since the dough needs time to chill in the fridge. We promise—these slice-and-bake cookies are truly worth the wait.
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Best Date Bars

One sheet of these ooey-gooey date bars will make 48 good-sized desserts. You can also add nuts, coconut or candied fruit for a little something extra.

Christina Herbst
Christina is a Social Media Editor for Taste of Home. She enjoys trying out local restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on. In her free time, you can find her hunting down one-of-a-kind furniture pieces at thrift and vintage stores and DIYing trendy home decor crafts.
Lauren Pahmeier
Lauren has spent four years in digital and print publishing since earning her professional journalism degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. As an editor at Taste of Home, Lauren spends her days leading SEO-focused projects and collaborating with the Test Kitchen to develop new recipes. She also writes daily about her favorite recipes, building seasonal charcuterie boards and more. Lauren previously pitched, wrote and edited content about event planning, catering and travel, but discovered her passion for food journalism in particular while she served as the editor and co-founder of her school’s chapter of Spoon University. After exploring the restaurant scene in Minneapolis for almost eight years, Lauren moved to Milwaukee where she continues to try every seasonal latte and scoop of frozen custard she can. No matter where she goes, she loves to share her finds with her friends and family on Instagram. When she’s not writing or posting about food, she’s either making it at home or deliberating where to dine next.