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250g dates (pitted)

1 packet Tennis or Marie biscuits

110g butter or margarine

2.5ml vanilla essence

90ml sugar

1 egg, beaten

Desiccated coconut


Chop the dates ensuring no pits remain.

Crush the biscuits.

Combine the dates, butter, vanilla essence and sugar in a small pot.

Cook over low heat until well mixed and soft.

Allow to cool slightly, add the beaten egg and crushed biscuits and mix well.

Shape into small balls by hand and roll in the coconut.

Store in the fridge.



This remains a firm favourite with my kids. We have it at least twice a month and they never get tired of eating it! We love it with vanilla ice cream or whipped fresh cream.

Makes about 2

2 cups of chocolate chips
1 1/4 cups of  cake flour
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 ½ teapoon of baking powder
¾ cup of sugar
1 1/4 cup of soft brown sugar
6 tablespoon of unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
2 eggs
2 cups of mini marshmallows
1 ½ cups of walnuts, coarsely chopped

Preheat your oven to 180C. Spray a 13x9inch baking pan with non stick cooking spray and lay the bottom with parchment paper.

Add 1 cup of the chocolate chips in a small bowl and melt in the microwave and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar, add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Add in the melted chocolate and beat until smooth.

Beat in the dry flour mixture and spread this mixture evenly in the prepared pan. Bake for about 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out slightly sticky.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle evenly with the marshmallows, remaining chocolate chips and walnuts. Return to oven for 2 minutes or until the marshmallows begin to melt.

Variation: Substitute the vanilla essence with peppermint essence and sprinkle peppermint crisp chocolate over instead of the chocolate chips for a pepperminty flavour.
Let them cool for about 30 minutes and cut into bars.

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