Saturday, November 5, 2011

Date Nut Dessert Squares: {Top Secret Ancient Family Recipe}

After much reflection, I've decided to share with you a tidbit from my vault of family secrets! Here is a recipe for Date Nut Pudding, a family favorite for four generations now. Let me clarify that this is not pudding as in runny, eat-with-a-spoon pudding. Instead, it's more of a dessert square that maintains it's shape when cut.  Back in the 50s when my grandma came across this recipe, it was called pudding so we've all just called it that. However, risking the wrath of my entire family, I've renamed it here---just for your own clarification.

This is to be eaten with your Christmas or Thanksgiving meal and placed on your plate right next to your turkey. But don't be confused. You are not to place this next to the turkey that is in between the mashed potatoes and stuffing---the turkey that you cover with the same gravy that you cover the afore mentioned items with. You are, instead, to place it next to the other turkey that you've placed right next to the cranberry sauce that you place on your fork first before stabbing a hunk of the non-gravied turkey and eating it all with one bite.

Now that we have that straight, lets continue...

Date Nut Dessert Squares {AKA: Date Nut Pudding}

2 c. chopped dates
1 c. chopped walnuts
2 c. miniature marshmallows
1 c. graham cracker crumbs
1 12 oz. container Cool Whip

Stir them all together well and press down into a 9" square pan. Sprinkle more graham crumbs on top and chill overnight.



  1. Love dates! This sounds very interesting!
    Thanks for sharing,

  2. Sounds yummy! Thanks for the recipe!..Christine

  3. Oh, I love that you posted a "secret" recipe from your family......giggle. I promise not to tell but I do not promise not to try and make it. It made my mouth water just to read this rich sounding side dish.....and I can hardly wait to make it. Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. Hi Sarah...

    My friend, your Date Pudding Recipe sounds delicious! Sounds like it is an easy and quick dish too...love that! Hehe! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us for the Sunday Favorites party this week. Can't wait for that traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year...mmmmm!!!

    Warmest autumn wishes,

  5. It does sound yummy...thank you. p.s. I can keep a secret!

  6. This sounds like a quick & easy recipe. Which is a good thing at Thanksgiving when everything si so time consuming. Thanks for sharing. I promise not to tell your mom! (crmc from swap-bot)

  7. I never thought I would like date nuts so I have never tried anything with them. But I am seeing stuff all over the internet with recipes that include them. I think I might just have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Hello Sarah,
    Hopped to your blog from Kitty's place. You have such a wonderful and interesting blog here!I really had a lovely time visiting it and thanks for sharing the 'secret' recipe with everyone:) it sounds awesome!

  9. I actually made your date nut pudding for this Thanksgiving 2011, and it was so delicious as a side with the turkey and other standard dishes. It added a special touch and everyone at the table LOVED it. I cannot thank you enough for sharing this fantastic keepsake recipe with all of us. I can promise you that your family recipe is now part of our family's traditions, and a super addition, I must add!!!!

  10. Your grandma Betty would be proud! Love, mom


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