Marzipan Stuffed Medjool Dates

1 pound (about 24) Medjool dates
1 cup marzipan (almond paste)
1 teaspoon rosewater
1-2 drops food coloring (optional)

Cut a slit, lengthwise down the center of each date, but not through each date; remove the pit.

Combine the almond paste and rosewater in a small bowl. If desired, gently knead food coloring in 1/2 or 1/3 of the almond paste. Knead well until the color is incorporated in marzipan. The idea is to leave some dates in their natural color, and some with color (pink, red, or green).

Divide the marzipan mixture evenly among the dates. Roll each piece of marzipan into a cylinder that is a bit shorter than the date. Stuff the date with the almond paste. Repeat with remaining dates.

These simple and delicious treats are good for dessert, with coffee or tea, and even as a snack. They can also be served as a delicious Tapas dish with Salty Cheese and almonds.

Growing up they were always served during festive occasions in the natural, green and pink color. Sometimes even served with a blanched almond on top or crushed pistachios.

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