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Date & Almond filled Shortbread

I tasted something like these little biscuits some years ago and have been wanting to make them for ages - so after a few weeks of working on the recipe I think I fianlly got it! These are a wonderful mouthful of an almond shortbread with a rich date and roasted almond filling. Great as a special treat with coffee


  • 1kg pack of Date Paste

  • 40g melted Butter

  • 3 tspn Cinnamon

  • 125g Almond slivers - roasted and chopped

  • 540g Plain Flour

  • 60g Almond meal

  • 300g Unsalted Butter- cold and cubed

  • 60g Icing sugar

  • 50ml Oil

  • 90g Milk

  • Icing Sugar to dust


  • 1.

    Sift flour, almond meal, cold unsalted butter and icing sugar into the bowl of a food processor.

  • 2.

    Pulse til it resembles breadcrumbs.

  • 3.

    Add the oil and milk.

  • 4.

    Process til it comes together into a ball

  • 5.

    Divide into 2 portions and wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 30 mins.

  • 6.

    Put date paste into a bowl with the melted butter, cinnamon and roasted chopped almonds and mix well.

  • 7.

    Roll the pastry portions on a floured piece of baking paper to .5 cm thick.

  • 8.

    Using a 7cm scalloped edge cookie cutter, cut rounds til all the dough is used up.

  • 9.

    Place a small teaspoonful of the date mixture down the centre of each round and roll the 2 sides to overlap slightly at the top.

  • 10.

    Bake in a 160 C oven for 20 mins til lightly browned

  • 11.

    Dust with icing sugar when cooled


Date paste can be bought in Kilo packs from Middle Eastern grocers.
You can fill a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2'' plain nozzle with the date mix to make it easier to use because it's quite sticky.

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Posted by VikkiReport
Yum Jac! Im going to make those next week. Do they keep well?
Posted by jackicamReport
I wouldn't know cause they haven't lasted long enough for me to find out. I guess kept in an air tight container, they should last a week or so...
Posted by hungry girlReport
These look beautiful Jacki ... and I adore dates ... I think they may make it into my Christmas gift bags!!