These delicate date bonbons hold a sophisticated little secret: there's a homemade pistachio paste inside. Box them up along with an assortment of other treats and give the classiest gift of the holiday season.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2021

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Credit: Justin Walker

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
30 mins
Yield:
Makes 16
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Pulse pistachios, sugar, salt, and orange-flower water together in a food processor until a fine paste forms. If necessary, add oil, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, to achieve a peanut-butter-like texture; you should have about 1/4 cup.

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  • Fill each hollow in dates (from removing pits) with 1/2 teaspoon pistachio paste; stick a piece of orange peel into paste. Dip one end in chocolate. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and let stand until set, about 15 minutes. Store in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 month.

Cook's Notes

Sicilian pistachios are optimal in this recipe; they lend vibrant color and delicate flavor.

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