Unbaked, refrigerated Date Squares recipe – a South African favourite. Add brandy, cherries or coconut for extra flavour!
1 packet Marie biscuits (200 gram)
100 ml sugar
250 gram chopped dates (1 packet)
115 gram butter
1 egg, whisked
1 teaspooon vanilla essence or brandy
2 to 4 tablespoons glazed cherries-in-brandy, quartered
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Desiccated coconut to coat the squares
Crush the biscuits into fingernail-size pieces.
Melt the butter and the sugar. Add the dates and simmer until the mixture is soft and mushy.
Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool down a somewhat.
If you want to add cherries, do it now.
Add whisked egg and vanilla and mix.
Add crushed biscuits and mix.
Spread mixture into a lined container (we used a 150mm x 260mm brownie pan lined with foil).
Refrigerate for a few hours and cut into small squares.
Served as is, or cover in coconut to prevent the squares from sticking to each other.
Can be frozen.
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This recipe and photo is from the Rainbow Cooking website, where you will find a collection of mostly South African recipes, both traditional and modern.