They seem to have origin in a family friend named Mason, who was good pals with my Papa, Chester.
As a tradition I still make them every year.
How wonderful ti will be to continue this with our little daughter next year.
They are very rich and chewy. Usually one is all I can eat. They are delectable.
- Split the pitted dates (sometimes you can find a split on them already, if not then use a knife to carefully make a slit. Of course, adults should do this for the children before hand)
- spoon peanut butter into the opening. (This does not have to look neat when children are doing this because the sugar step will hide the mess.)
- place a walnut half into the peanut butter bed.
- roll each piece in granulated sugar.
- place on a plate or in another container.
- I used a very small peanut butter jar and it took about half of the jar to finish the dates.
- The bag of dates was an 8 oz. bag.
- While I purchased a 10 oz. bag of shelled walnuts, I used the tiniest handful.
- a half cup to one cup of sugar in a small bowl is more than enough. This will give room to roll each date individually, and there will be much excess you will be discarding.