Walnut-Date Clusters

December 12, 2008

OK.  You should be on sugar load by now.  I do have a few other recipes I could share but I need to actually do something besides this today so I will leave you with this quick easy 3 ingredient recipe.  

Walnut-Date Clusters

1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pitted dates

1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts

12 oz. bitter sweet chocolate (the original recipe call for milk chocolate)

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper.

Place the chocolate in the top pan of a double boiler or in a heatproof bowl.  Set over the hot water (not touching).  Heat stirring constantly until melted and smooth.

Pour the hot water out and replace it with lukewarm water.  Let the chocolate stand, stirring frequently, until it cools slightly and begins to thicken, about 10 minutes.

Stir in the dates and walnuts mixing thoroughly.  Using a small spoon, scoop out slightly rounded teasponfuls of the mixture and drop onto the prepared sheet, spacing evenly.  Refrigerate uncovered until set, about 2 hours.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

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