Exotic Sesame Coated Dates

¼ pound blanched almonds
½ pound soft dates, pitted and roughly chopped
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. rose water
¼ cup warm water, as needed
½ cup sesame seed

1. In a food processor, pulse the almonds until finely chopped but not powdered. It should have a texture much like grated cheese.

2. Add the pitted dates and pulse a few more times in the processor. Melt the butter in a small bowl in the microwave. Add the cinnamon and rosewater. Add the warm butter mixture with the dates in the processor. Pulse again a few times to mix the ingredients to a smooth consistency. Taste and add a little more cinnamon or rose water if you prefer.

3. Test the consistency by taking a piece of date dough and forming a small ball. If it holds well together, you have the right consistency. If it breaks up, add a few drops at a time of warm water in the processor to the date mixture.

4. Slightly wet your hands and take a small piece of date dough in the palm of your hand, roll into a 2 inch oblong log. Repeat process until you have used up all of the date dough.

5. Next, place the sesame seeds on a flat plate and roll the logs into the sesame seeds, pressing them lightly to stick. Arrange them on a serving dish and serve.

The scrumptious date bites can be made in the shape of little balls or oval resembling the shape of the date!


  1. These looks absolutely delicious!

  2. Hi Alba,

    I bought some dates today with this recipe in mind. Of course,I didn't have the entire list of ingredients with me at the time. Now that I'm reviewing the recipe, I'm wondering about the rose water. Where can I get it? Does the recipe work without it? Also, would roasted almonds work?

    Dini (aka Gilda Claudine)

  3. Dini,
    You can find Rose water in Persion or Turkish stores. It does add a nice flavor to it. If you already have roasted almond, use them. Enjoy!