This sweet treat brings back so many childhood memories.  If your mom or grandma didn’t make them, it is a given that you have tasted them at some school bazaar or farmers market.  They are deliciously sweet and although I would like to say that one would sort out your sweet tooth, that would be far from the truth…once you start, there is just no stopping!  Prepare yourself to make a few trays over this Christmas season.


You’ll need

  • 250g Unsalted butter
  • 500g Pitted dates, cut into small pieces
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ cup Castor sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence
  • 200g Marie biscuits, crushed into smaller pieces, but not fine
  • 2 cups Desiccated coconut
  • Pinch of salt


  1. Line a shallow tin of about 20x20cm with baking paper.
  2. Melt the butter over medium low heat.
  3. In the meantime, whisk the egg, vanilla, sugar and salt together with a balloon whisk until light and fluffy.
  4. Once the butter has melted, add the dates, stir for about 3 minutes and then add your egg mixture. Stir well and leave on the heat for about another 2 minutes to ensure that the egg is cooked through.
  5. Add the crushed biscuits and stir.
  6. Pour date mix into your tray and press down with the backside of a spoon.
  7. Place in the fridge for 3 hours until set.
  8. Remove, cut into squares and cover in coconut.

You can also play with the flavours by adding all or some of these ingredients: 30g of cocoa powder, ¼ tsp of cinnamon, 75g of Rice Crispies, 50g of chopped pecan nuts or glazed cherries.

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