You could use any type of dried dates - I had Tunisian Deglet Noor, so I used those, but you can use any plump pitted date. It's worth buying pitted dates because I don't even know how hard it is to pit dates, but it's probably hard - plus there are already slits in the dates that make them easy to fill with the cream cheese. This recipe makes more filling than you probably need, but that's because it makes more sense to use a whole brick of cream cheese than to shove a half of brick back in the fridge and forget about it until it molds. I just used the extra spiced cream cheese on GF bagels.
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Stuffed Dates
- Dates - however many you need...I used about 20
- 1 brick of cream cheese, I used /3 less fat kind
- cinnamon, to taste
- honey, to taste
- vanilla or vanilla sugar
Once the cream cheese mixture is to your liking, spoon it into a ziploc bag or frosting bag. If using ziploc, push the cream cheese to one corner and squeeze out the extra air. Snip off the tip of the ziploc and fill the dates with the cream cheese mixture. It's that simple! I sprinkled the tops with vanilla sugar so they wouldn't stick to the wax paper between the layers in the container. Obviously you can use regular sugar too. To make your own vanilla sugar, slit a vanilla pod lengthwise and stick it in a jar of sugar for a few weeks or longer.
Most of my coworkers have never had dates, or even heard of them, but they really liked these.