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Easy 3 Ingredient Sugar Dates Recipe

You’ve heard of Sugar Plums, but have you ever heard of Sugar Dates? Well, let me introduce you to one of my favorite power snacks! I love eating these as is, but when you add a bit of creamy peanut butter and roll in sugar, it takes this holiday appetizer to a whole other level!

sugar dates with peanut butter holiday

Sugar Dates Are Great Holiday Appetizer

My Sister in Law gets the credit for this tasty treat. She made these as quick bite-sized snacks as we prepared holiday meals.

At first, I thought the combination of dried dates and peanut butter sounded gross, but then I tried it and wouldn’t you know, I couldn’t stop eating them! 

During the holidays, she rolled them in granulated sugar which looked fancy and tasted good too.

dates on board and bell

Dried Dates Are Good For Snacking

I enjoy dried dates year-round, especially as a recovery snack after a run.

They are considered to be the “gold mine” of vitamins, are an excellent source of iron, and are packed with more health benefits than I could list here.

If you are looking for a great holiday snack to add to your appetizer table, then consider serving this dried sugar dates recipe, just make sure you make a lot of them, because once they are tasted, they will go quick!

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Sugar Dates PB snack


  • Dried dates, pitted
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • sugar

How Should I Serve Sugared Dates?

Plain dates are great for snacking and to use in foods that require natural sweeteners. Here are some ways I like to use them:

Chop or dice pitted dates and add to breakfast smoothie.

Add diced dried fruit to a salad for a hint of sweet.

Use as a replacement for raisins or make as an add-in for holiday cookies. 

Sugared dates taste great in homemade granola or in no-bake protein bites or as delicious chocolate-covered dates that taste like a snickers bar! too! 

Bacon makes everything taste good, so try wrapping a plain or sugared date with a warm piece of bacon

Of course, filling them with creamy peanut butter and rolling them in sugar creates a holiday appetizer that looks amazing on the table and will keep guests coming back for more. 

sugar dates in bowl on holiday table

Dress up that holiday table or keep a few sugar dates in a zip-lock bag for after your gym workout, or a great snack for that long road trip.

These sugar dates really are the perfect food for one and all!

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Sugar Dates in holiday Bowl
Yield: 20

Easy 3 Ingredient Sugar Date

Sugar Dates PB snack

Dried dates with creamy peanut butter rolled in sugar is an easy, nutritious alternative to add to the holiday snack table! Fancy & delicious you can enjoy year-round too!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • Dried dates, pitted
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Sugar


  1. Find the slit in side of dried date (this is where the pit was removed).
  2. Carefully pry slightly apart.
  3. Spread a small amount of peanut butter in slit.
  4. Gently close together.
  5. Roll in sugar (optional)
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 11Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

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Original post: 12/13/15

Updated post 11/15/19

Richard VanBenschoten

Saturday 2nd of January 2021

My mother and grandmother use to make these for the holidays in the 50's.Add a walnut or pecan for a added crunch.This treet brings back memories.

Kelly Pugliano

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

Oh, that sounds good too!

Lisa M Vivirito

Wednesday 26th of December 2018

My grandmother taught us how to do this and my kids love them too. I often wonder where it originated?

Kelly Pugliano

Saturday 12th of January 2019

I'm not sure! Will have to investigate! :)


Wednesday 20th of December 2017

My mother always included these on her Christmas cookie trays. This is my first time revisiting this 70's nostalgia treat for our Solstice party buffet. Easy anddelicious!

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