Mocha Date Treats
If you can find Medjool dates, use those; they are bigger, sweeter, and more tender than regular packaged dates.
INGREDIENTS | YIELDS 36 CANDIES
- ¾ cup chocolate icing
- ½ teaspoon instant coffee powder
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- 36 pitted dates
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup milk chocolate chips
In small bowl, combine icing, ½ teaspoon coffee powder, and pecans; mix well. Using small spoon or pastry bag, spoon or pipe mixture into the dates.
In sifter, combine cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and 1 teaspoon coffee powder; sift onto plate.
Roll dates into cocoa mixture to coat.
In microwave glass measuring cup, place chocolate chips. Microwave on 50% power for 2 minutes; stir until melted. Add milk chocolate chips; stir constantly until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
Place dates on a fork and dip, one at a time, into chocolate mixture. Tap fork on side of cup to remove excess chocolate. Place on waxed paper–lined cookie sheets. Let stand until firm. Store, covered, at room temperature.
These elegant little candies are fun to make and eat. Your guests will think they're eating some generic chocolate-covered candy, but they bite into a sweet date stuffed with nuts and other goodies. You could coat some of the dates in white chocolate, some in almond bark, and some in the semisweet chocolate for a nice selection.