Mascarpone-Stuffed Dates

A dusting of unsweetened cocoa adds an appealing bitterness to this simple one-bite dessert.


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  • Servings: 8
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  • 16 Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • Unsweetened cocoa, for dusting

How to make this recipe

  1. Make a lengthwise slit in each date and remove the pits (without halving the dates). In a bowl, whisk the mascarpone with the sugar. Spoon the mascarpone into the dates, close them loosely and arrange on a plate, split side up. Sift the cocoa over the dates and serve.

Make Ahead

The stuffed dates can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before sprinkling with cocoa.

Contributed By Photo © Francesco Lagnese Published August 2008

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