Orange Mascarpone Filled Dates


The Superbowl is over, but apparently the Superbowl appetizer posts aren’t. I’ve made these twice now, once for New Years, once for the Superbowl, and they’re great. Actually, I must admit: I came up with the idea, but my friend’s 15 year old daughter Mary made them. And did a great job!

First you start by making the filling. Take a small container of mascarpone and scoop it into a bowl. Mix in the zest of an orange, half of the juice of the orange, and a teaspoon of ground cardamom.


Split open a date, and spoon a little of the filling into it.


Top with some crushed pistachios and a drizzle of honey.


Repeat until you’re done!



Orange Mascarpone Filled Dates

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Cooking Madly


  • 1 8 oz container Mascarpone cheese at room temperature
  • zest of 1 orange
  • juice of 1/2 orange
  • 1 tsp . ground cardamom
  • 1 lb . Medjool Dates already pitted are easier, but either are fine
  • 1/4 lb . pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. Mix the mascarpone, orange zest, orange juice, and cardamom in a small bowl.
  2. Pull open dates, remove pit if present, and fill with mascarpone filling. You can either pull it apart and spoon it in, take a cold pinch and press it in, or pipe it in with a ziplock bag with the corner cut off. Any way will work fine.
  3. Crush the pistachios (a ziplock bag and a meat tenderizer work well, as do a mortar and pestle). Sprinkle the crushed pistachios over the dates. Drizzle with honey.


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  • Kate February 15, 2013, 5:01 pm

    Oh boy, I love this idea! My boyfriend cooked Valentine’s dinner last night, and he made blue cheese stuffed dates… that he then wrapped in good bacon and baked. Woah! So good.

    • Cooking Madly February 16, 2013, 9:59 am

      Kate, I love that blue cheese/bacon recipe! It’s been a go to app of mine for years. This is a new variation on it that’s lighter and friendly to my vegetarian/Jewish/pork allergic friends. If your boyfriend does the bacon ones again, though, have him try a balsamic reduction drizzle on them. It really takes them over the top.