The sweetest time of the year is upon us! Holiday parties are filling up the calendar fast and DIY edible gift ideas are in high demand. Whether you are cozying up your kitchen with a warm oven of baking cookies or filling a box with homemade candies to give to friends, there are so many ways to add a healthier spin to your favorite holiday treats. By incorporating Medjool dates, you’ll use less refined sugar but get more nutrients, fiber, and flavor. It’s a win-win addition to any recipe!
Whether you are new to baking with Medjool dates or a long-time lover, I’ve gathered up the most delicious list of cakes, candies, cookies, bars, chocolates, and beverages so you have plenty of options and inspiration. You can utilize them as the sweetener in a batter or dough, a caramel-y mix-in, a sticky marshmallow substitute, or even as a cocktail syrup. There are endless ways to add in Medjool dates without sacrificing any of the yummy holiday flavor. Happy baking!
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Medjool dates can bring not just sweetness but a lot of moisture to cake batters. Plus, they have a delicious complexity of flavor reminiscent of brown sugar. Here are a few different holiday-inspired cake recipes that utilize them.
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Often affectionately referred to as “nature’s candy,” Medjool dates work wonderfully in homemade candy making. Salty caramels are where they effortlessly shine, but they are a perfect base for fudge and truffles. These candy recipes are also a simple no-bake starting point if you are new to Medjool date desserts.
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It’s not the holidays without an abundance of cookies, and there are an abundance of ways to sneak Medjool dates into the cookie swap too! You can use them blended as the base instead of butter, chopped up and folded into the batter, or even as a sticky binder for a no-bake cookie recipe.
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There is just something about that natural caramel flavor of Medjool dates paired with chocolate that I cannot get enough of! Complement that combination with the classic candy cane mint or add nuts into the mix and you've got yourself a very decadent chocolatey treat.
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Natalie is the writer, photographer, and recipe imagination behind FeastingonFruit.com. She creates and shares usually sweet, sometimes savory, always heathy-ISH recipes that utilize fruit to recreate better-for-you versions of traditional treats. With vegan, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly options, there are plenty of delicious desserts to choose from.