Welcome back to Cookie Monday! Enjoy this week’s installment:
These date chews may not look like a traditional cookie, but despite their unusual appearance I still think they maintain the components necessary for achieving the status of a cookie.
The dates give them a complex, dark flavor not unlike dark brown sugar, the pistachios add richness as well as texture, and the cardamom complements both the dates and pistachios. These chews consist of only a few ingredients and don’t require any sort of baking, so it took less than ten minutes from when I pitted the first date to when I could taste the first chew. These resemble a better, more flavorful (and not to mention cheaper) version of Larabars. Unlike prepackaged date bars and snacks, these chews boast a nice freshness from the hand-ground pistachios and dates that cannot be achieved by whatever is on aisle four of Whole Foods.
To add a crunchy surprise, a whole pistachio is rolled into the center of each of these chews for a little contrast to the smooth texture as well serving as a visual of the integral ingredients. Whether you treat these as a mid-morning snack, energy bite, or after-dinner dessert, prepare to have a new favorite cookie recipe that can be enjoyed no matter the time of day.
Pistachio Cardamom Date Chews
Makes about 18 chews
½ cup roasted, unsalted shelled pistachios, plus 18 for filling the chews
8 Medjool dates, pitted and cut into quarters
½ teaspoon cardamom
- Place the ½ cup of pistachios in the bowl of a food processor and process until coarsely chopped, about 45 seconds. Add the dates, salt, and cardamom and process for 1-2 minutes, until the mixture sticks together and forms a ball around the blade. Remove the date mixture from the food processor and transfer to a bowl.
- To form the chews, take a scant tablespoon of the date mixture and divide it in half. Place 1 pistachio in the center of one of the halves, then cover it with the other half of the portion and roll together to form a smooth ball. Repeat with the rest of the mixture. Store chews in the refrigerator until ready to eat; they will keep for about 1 week in the refrigerator.